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  • Section 24 HQ

    Cost of temporary accommodation on the rise

    A family of six has been moved by their local authority 13 times since becoming homeless four months ago.

    Dean and Amy Coombes were evicted from their house in St Austell, Cornwall, on 29 June, along with their four children aged under eight.

    Since then they have been placed in caravans on campsites, holiday cottages, a hotel and a room above a pub, in different parts of the county.

    Mr Coombes said the experience felt like being "strangled".

    Cornwall Council said it was supporting the family but "unfortunately there is a high demand for temporary accommodation, which includes our own housing stock, properties that we rent, or other accommodation".

    The latest figures reveal 61,190 households with children in England are in temporary accommodation, with 110 in Cornwall.

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    The City of Edinburgh Council breached housing legislation 466 times in the last year by placing homeless families in bed and breakfast (B&B) accommodation for more than the seven-day legal limit, it has been revealed.

    Current laws dictate that local authorities should only place homeless families in B&Bs in emergency circumstances. Homeless families with children or pregnant women must be moved from B&Bs within seven days.

    However, figures obtained under freedom of information law by investigative journalist platform The Ferret, and published in tandem with the Sunday National, show that 598 families were put in B&Bs from September 2017 to September 2018.

    As many as 466 families – 79% of the total – spent eight days or more in B&B accommodation. Almost a third spent more than a month in B&Bs and one in five were there for over six weeks. Eight families were not moved by the council for more than three months.

    Many of the B&Bs have been criticised as substandard, over-crowded and unsuitable for children.

    Spending on temporary accommodation in Edinburgh is the highest in Scotland at over £190 million over the last five years. The number of people in temporary accommodation rose 89% from 661 households in 2010 to 1,246 in 2017, the highest rise by far in the country.

    The council has acknowledged the crisis and claims it is struggling to address problems due to the combined pressures of rising rents, intense demand and the introduction of the benefit cap in January.

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    Call me a sinic but I’m sure tax from s24 stamp duty and future licence will cover the cost in the long run

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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

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