Saturday, 20 September 2014

London council offered homes in Walsall

A London authority which has experienced a surge of people in emergency accommodation has been offered the use of two blocks of flats in other parts of the country to house people  

Croydon Council, in south London, has seen the number of families it houses in emergency bed and breakfast accommodation increase from 61 in 2008 to 300 this year.

Benefit caps and the effects of the financial crisis have been cited by the authority as reasons for the increase, while Dudley Mead, cabinet member for housing has admitted the council has found it difficult to raise the supply of temporary accommodation.

The council has now been offered 27 two-bedroom flats in Walsall and another 69 two-bedroom flats in Manchester. The flats are owned by a private developer which has not been able to sell them.

A spokesperson said the authority will now look into the viability of the offer, but stressed there is a long way to go.

Readers' comments (6)

  • Melvin Bone

    'A spokesperson said the authority will now look into the viability of the offer, but stressed there is a long way to go.'

    Did they really say that? Really?

    I also heard that all the toilets in Croyden police station were stolen and the the police stated that they currently have nothing to go on...

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  • Rick Campbell

    I wonder if a certain Mr Branson will offer the government living and office accommodation on the Moon as a viable alternative to solving the accommodation problem in London.

    MPs could then trouser a lot more in travelling, subsistence and accommodation-related expenses whilst slashing the pensions and wages of others?

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  • F451

    It would be interesting to know where the newly created homeless were living previously. How many of these have had their homes repossessed, and how many have been thrown out by private landlords unwilling to reduce their rents?

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  • Melvin Bone

    Plenty of empty homes in Ireland and Spain as well...

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  • F451

    And plenty of unemployment too Melvin - better to go to one of the sounder economies, such as Germany, where unemployment continues at record low levels, manufacturing strength continues to protect the wider economy, and work-life balance is maintained by decent levels of pay. In a nutshell, things are so much better in those areas that did not adopt the Thatcher Miracle, and so much poorer every where else now the short term gloss has worn off and exposed the demented thinking behind the popularism.

    What a great British success story that we have to look to the lowest of the low to feel any better about our own predicament.

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  • A long way to go - yes, about 140 miles!

    Good start - help people explore Britain!

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