Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 26th February 2018.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how the ban on local authorities accommodating homeless families and pregnant women in B&B accommodation for longer than 6 weeks is being enforced.

Photo of Heather Wheeler Heather Wheeler Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Holding answer received on 26 February 2018

Time spent in temporary accommodation means people are getting help and it ensures no family is without a roof over their head. The law is clear that households with dependent children should only be accommodated in B&B in an emergency and then for no longer than 6 weeks

Our new Homelessness Advice and Support Team, drawn from local authorities and the homelessness sector, is providing support to local authorities to help them address their homelessness challenges, including the use of B&B accommodation for families.

We are taking unprecedented action to change how we tackle homelessness and rough sleeping. We have committed £1 billion through to 2020 to support local services and changing how local authorities operate by implementing the Homelessness Reduction Act from 3 April 2018 to help more people get tailored support sooner when they are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

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