New analysis by the Local Government Association shows that councils are having to spend nearly 10 times as much money on placing homeless households in bed and breakfasts due to rising demand for support and a shortage of homes, as they were a decade ago.
The LGA responds to ONS figures published this morning showing there has been a 22 per cent year-on-year increase in the number of deaths of homeless people in 2018 in England and Wales. Two in five of these were related to drug poisoning.
“Councils are committed to building the homes the country desperately needs, however it is vital the planning process is allowed to do its job, by making sure that homes are built in the right places, are affordable to those who need them and supported by the right infrastructure."
“Councils face a £652 million funding gap in providing the concessionary bus fare scheme, which is putting nearly half of all bus routes at risk. It is vital this scheme is properly funded so councils can protect bus routes and reinvest in local networks.
“The findings of this report reinforces how critical it is for the Government to use the Queen’s Speech to give councils the powers and funding they need to get building the social housing the country desperately needs.
“Councils, which are approving nine in 10 planning applications, are committed to building the thousands of new homes the country needs, but these have to be of high quality and with the right infrastructure in place."
“Lifting the housing borrowing cap was a big step forward, but we now need the Government to go further in the Queen’s Speech by devolving Right to Buy so councils retain 100 per cent of their receipts to reinvest in building new homes, and can set discounts locally.”