Nearly three-quarters of all households in temporary accommodation were from London [Image: Alamy].

The news isn’t that children are being kept in bed and breakfast accommodation longer than the legal time limit – that has been going on for years under the Conservative Government. The news is that the numbers are rising.

More than 2,500 children are unlawfully accommodated in unsuitable bed and breakfast facilities in England, the latest official homelessness statistics suggest.

They show that 1,300 households with children were resident in B&Bs for longer than six weeks at the end of September, a 24% year-on-year increase.

Councils are obliged by law to avoid placing families in B&Bs except as a last resort, and then for no longer than six weeks. B&Bs lack space, privacy and often do not contain cookery and laundry facilities.

The figures confirm that many councils are struggling to fulfil their duty to find suitable housing for the increasing number of households they accept as homeless.

Source: More than 2,500 children unlawfully housed in B&Bs | Society | The Guardian

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