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 number of children sleeping rough because of a lack of even a B&B is what? Something around and about zero?
Not suggesting that the current system is perfect, by no means, but we have rather licked the major problem here, haven’t we? We’re at the tidying up the rough edges stage of trying to beat homelessness, no?