Number of children housed in B&Bs rises 18 per cent

Figures released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government reveal that there were 2,420 households with children in B&Bs at 31 December 2018 – 34.7 percent of all households living in such accommodation – up from 2,050 at the same time in 2017.

Of those, 810 households had been living in a B&B for more than the statutory limit of six weeks, although this was an eight per cent decrease on the previous year. Local Government Association’s housing spokesman Martin Tett said that many councils are struggling to cope with rising homelessness and to find suitable accommodation for those in need.

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