Berkshire news The cost of putting homeless families in temporary accommodation MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Millions have been spent on temporary accommodation for those who don't have a permanent place to call home
Breaking News ! The cost of housing homeless families in temporary accommodation in Berkshire has soared to £28,000 a day. At £10.12 million in 2019/20, the amount spent on housing homeless people in the area is the highest it has been since comparable records began in 2008/09. Spending on temporary accommodation by councils in Berkshire rose slightly from the £10.09 million in 2018/19. It has also more than quadrupled over the past decade from the £2.27 million spent in 2009/10. The rising cost is a reflection of the increasing number of homeless families being housed in temporary accommodation. Sign up for BerkshireLive's newsletter It's never been more important to stay in touch with the news, so subscribe now to the BerkshireLive newsletter. Every morning, seven days a week, we'll deliver the biggest stories from across the county straight to your inbox. So you won't miss a thing. How do I sign up? It's free, easy and takes no time at all. All you need to do is type your email address into the 'sign up to our newsletter' box - found at the top of this article as well as on any stories on the websites. On March 31 2010, 223 households in Berkshire were in temporary accommodation, of which 160 included children. That had soared to 944 as of March 31 this year, with 549 households including children. While much of the cost of accommodating homeless families is reimbursed by the government, collectively, councils in Berkshire had to spend £3.64 million more than they had coming in on temporary accommodation last year. The most has been spent by Slough Borough Council and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. In Slough, a total of £5.287 million was spent on temporary accommodation, with £313,000 of that being spent on bed and breakfasts. In the neighbouring Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead a total £2.624 million was spent on 179 homeless households. A majority of that -54 per cent- was spent on B&Bs. Bracknell Forest Council spent a total of £1.439 million on temporary accommodation. You can see how much each council spent on putting up homeless families in temporary accommodation in the table below. Council Overall spend on temp accommodation Spend on B&Bs Number in temp accommodation March 2020 Number in B&Bs March 2020 Slough £5,287,000 £313,000 384 86 Windsor and Maidenhead £2,624,000 £1,443,000 179 22 Bracknell Forest £1,439,000 £254,000 136 3 West Berkshire £768,000 £164,000 45 1 Reading £0 £0 151 5 £0 £0 49 11 West Berkshire spent the third highest amount in the county. The councils in Wokingham and Reading, Berkshire did not spend any money on temporary accommodation for homeless families in 2019/20.
. Of the total amount spent last year, £2.17 million was spent on B&Bs alone, although that was down from £4.56 million in 2018/19. It was, however, a jump from £508,000 in 2009/10. This reflects the increase seen in the number of households in B&Bs in Berkshire over the past decade, from 12 in March 2010 to 128 in March 2020. The number that included children rose from five to 30 over the same period. The national picture Across England, councils spent £1.2 billion on temporary accommodation for homeless households in 2019/20. This was up 9% in the last year from £1.1 billion, and compares to £657.9 million in 2009/10.There were 93,000 households in temporary accommodation in March 2020, compared to 51,310 in March 2010. The amount spent on B&Bs also rose, up from £344.0 million in 2018/19 to £393.4 million. That compares to £106.7 million in 2009/10. Similarly, the numbers in B&Bs have risen from 1,930 to 8,180 in a decade.
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Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, said: "It is outrageous that almost £1.2 billion a year is spent on often shoddy and expensive temporary accommodation because of the lack of social homes. "It’s a false economy for taxpayers’ money to be used to pay private landlords for grotty emergency B&Bs, which can be so terrible to live in that families end up deeply traumatised." "The decades of failure to build social homes means too many people on lower incomes are stuck in unstable private rentals – increasing their chances of becoming homeless. "This cycle of destitution persists when those who lose their homes turn to the council for help, because councils have so little social housing left that they can’t alleviate their homelessness for good "All they can do is pay over the odds for insecure temporary accommodation."
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