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Monday 24th December 2012 | 00:01
Labour press release
New official figures show that the number of homeless families staying in B&Bs in London doubled in a year between 2010 and 2011 – and is rising even faster this year.
Between 2010 and 2011 the number of homeless households with dependent children and/or pregnant woman with no other dependants in bed & breakfast hotels in London doubled from 1,230 to 2,460. Over the same period, the number of families staying in B&B accommodation for more than six weeks almost trebled, from 190 to 560.
Data for London for the first six months of 2012 suggests the problem has got even worse this year, with 1,910 families with children in B&Bs compared to 1,020 in the same period in 2011, and 820 in B&B accommodation for more than six weeks – more than in the whole of 2011.
Jack Dromey MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister, said:
“Families should not be spending Christmas in Bed and Breakfast accommodation, but under this Tory-led Government the problem is getting worse, not better.
“Ministers say that placing homeless families in B&Bs for more than six weeks is ‘unlawful and unacceptable’, but the problem is getting worse on their watch.
“More and more families are paying the price for David Cameron's failing economic and housing policies. While millionaires get a tax cut, thousands of families are spending Christmas without a permanent roof over their head.”