Cost of placing problem families in B&B mounts
Manchester Council has overspent on its homelessness budget by close to £400,000 because of a jump in the number of people evicted for anti-social behaviour.
The authority's budget, seen by Inside Housing, has revealed a ‘significant' increase in the use of bed and breakfast accommodation for people excluded from being rehoused because of anti-social behaviour. The trend has also led to the amount of temporary accommodation available to other homeless families
decreasing, it added.
Simon Ashley, leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Manchester Council, said there appeared to be a contradiction in the council's policies.
‘We spend money on officers to evict people and the first thing they do is get rehoused.
‘I have got people in my ward who are homeless and were getting offered very poor B&B accommodation because there is such a high demand for the service.
‘My point was, haven't they made themselves homeless? Should we have that legal obligation?'
But Eddy Newman, executive member for housing at the council, said there were now only 18 families in temporary accommodation with a history of antisocial behaviour.
‘Because children are involved and the families want to change, for reasons of welfare, we would not want to just put these families out on the streets,' he said.
Tim Winter, national organiser of the Social Landlords Crime and Nuisance Group, said the figures showed the importance of taking pre-emptive action to stop anti-social behaviour.