Families still in B&B over six-week limit

Nearly 1,000 families with children are still living in bed and
breakfast for longer than the six-week limit, which could result in
legal action from next month.

A total of 930 families with children had been in bed and breakfast
accommodation for more than six weeks when the latest figures were
compiled in December last year.

From next month, families will be able to take local authorities to
court if they are placed in bed and breakfast for more than six

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister insisted that local
authorities in England were “on track” to meet the target – even
though only 62 per cent of them had done so by the end of last

Homelessness minister Jeff Rooker said many councils had made
“excellent progress” in finding better alternative forms of
temporary housing.

Overall, there were 3,320 fewer families with children living in
bed and breakfast compared with December 2002, but the number of
households in all forms of temporary accommodation increased by 13
per cent to 95,060.

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