Number of Birmingham homeless families over Christmas at record high

New government figures show a rise in homeless families over the Christmas holiday period in temporary accommodation.

A total of 1,951 families in Birmingham saw in the New Year in B&Bs and other temporary accommodation – these are all homeless families of which 1,566 were families with children. A number of these families are escaping domestic violence,

These families have a total of 3,881 children between them.

Between October and December 2017 the council also accepted 836 households as being homeless through no fault of their own and being ‘in priority need’.

Liberal Democrat campaigner Gareth Hardy said;

“We need to reform the Council’s inadequate and unsuitable housing policies and look to provide high standard temporary accommodation to families in need, rather than forcing people into substandard and out-of-town Bed and Breakfast accommodation.”

“We especially need to work with other organisations and charities where children are involved to make sure families stay together and the wellbeing of the children is treated as a priority”

“The Labour council want to introduce some type of “Charter of Rights” for homelessness, what nonsense! Just get the relevant organisations together, along with funding and fix it for homeless families. This isn’t a gimmick, it’s peoples’ lives.”

Birmingham council has a duty to secure suitable accommodation for all of these priority need homeless, yet poor management has meant the bill for housing these families in hostels, B&Bs and other accommodation has soared in Birmingham from £10.5million in 2015/16 to over £17million in 2016/17.

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