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.