Councils Placing Families in B&Bs Unlawfully, as Homelessness Problem Grows

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According to statistics on the homeless in the UK, over 2,500 children are illegally housed in bed and breakfast establishments.

The statistics illustrate that 1,300 families that included children staying in B&Bs over 6 weeks which is a 24% increase compared to last year.

The law states that councils may only house families in B&Bs when left with no other choice, and even at that, for a duration no longer than six weeks. B&Bs are not equipped for cooking and laundry, and also lack space and privacy.

The problem is that councils are recognizing and increasing amount of families as homeless, which makes finding proper accommodation increasingly difficult.

The statistics show that 117,000 children, whom are part of 74,630 families, are placed in temporary homes in England. Approximately one third of these households are placed in temporary accommodation away from their areas. By far, most of these families are from…

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