11 May 2012

The Housing Minister Grant Shapps has warned 20 Councils to improve the way they deal with homeless people. He is concerned about the length of time some Councils are putting families in bed and breakfast accommodation, breaching rules barring them from putting families in B&Bs for more than 6 weeks.

Under the Homelessness(Suitability of Accomodation) Order 2003 Councils must not place families in B&Bs for more than 6 weeks and must only place families with children in B&Bs where there is no alternative.

However in reply some Councils have stated that they feel a competetive private rented sector, the welfare reforms, the gap between rents and and benefit levels and the general impact of the economic situation on households have led to a reduction in affordable available accomodation in the private sector.

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