Published: 23rd Oct 2020

The charity Shelter has described the £1.2bn spent last year by councils providing temporary accommodation for homeless households as ‘outrageous’. New figures published by the government show local authorities the amount spent by local authorities on temporary accommodation has increased by 9% in the last year and 55% in the last five years. Of the total spent on temporary accommodation by councils in England last year, 87% of it went to private landlords, letting agents or companies. And more than a third (38%) of the money paid to private accommodation providers was spent on emergency B&Bs – £393m  – which are often considered some of the least suitable places for families with children to live. ‘It is outrageous that almost £1.2bn a year is spent on often shoddy and expensive temporary accommodation because of the lack of social homes,’ said Shelter chief executive, Polly Neate. ‘It’s a false economy for … (To read the full article, subscribe below)