LGA responds to temporary accommodation figures

"The increasing use of temporary accommodation is not only financially unsustainable for councils but it is hugely disruptive for those families placed in such accommodation."


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Responding to new figures on the number of households placed in temporary accommodation, Cllr Martin Tett, Housing spokesman at the Local Government Association, said:

"Many councils are struggling to cope with rising homelessness and to find suitable accommodation for those in need.

"The increasing use of temporary accommodation is not only financially unsustainable for councils but it is hugely disruptive for those families placed in such accommodation.

"Every instance of homelessness is an individual tragedy and councils are determined to prevent homelessness from happening in the first place and support families affected.

“Councils need to keep 100 per cent of the receipts of any homes they sell to replace them and reinvest in building more of the genuinely affordable homes they desperately need and the ability to adapt welfare reforms to prevent people from losing their home where possible.”