Increasing numbers of homeless children are being kept in bed and breakfasts longer than is legal

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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3 thoughts on “Increasing numbers of homeless children are being kept in bed and breakfasts longer than is legal

  1. Dez

    Six weeks?….that rule has been ignorned for ages. Knowing our Cons friends they will be changing that time period to years asap. So to keep them from breaking any laws….they just change the law watch this space.

  2. Jeffrey Davies

    it sounds good that children are being kept in bed and breakfast but those b&b aint quaint those breakfast aint whot they need most a piece of bun yep sounds good but lacking like everything tory

  3. casalealex

    “Believe me I do understand and I am disgusted by the idea that we should aim for any less for a child from a poor background than a rich one.” ― David Cameron

    HE LIED! AGAIN!

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