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Southwark Council will spend an additional £4million on temporary accommodation for homeless households

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Pressures on temporary accommodation in Southwark are likely to increase with the rising cost of living, inflation and cuts in Universal Credit last year

Southwark Council will set aside a further £4million for temporary accommodation amid growing housing pressure in the borough.

The council has around 3,500 families in temporary accommodation, awaiting permanent accommodation. Many have been in this type of accommodation for three or four years, according to Southwark’s temporary accommodation action plan, published last September.

Local authorities are responsible for housing eligible people who have been https://www.southwarknews.co.uk/news/rats-cockroaches-mice-and-mould-young-mother-living-in-peckham-temporary- accommodation-hell/homeless up to eight weeks. These people can then stay in temporary accommodation until they find a social home. But “supply is outstripped by demand in this regard”, according to the council’s report, driving up the number of people in temporary accommodation.

This is due to “a national housing crisis, a largely unaffordable rental market due to central government welfare reforms and a continued decline in annual social housing rentals due to the right to buy exceeding our own ambitious project of 11,000 new homes”.

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These pressures are likely to increase with the rising cost of living, inflation and the cut in universal credit last year. Southwark likely spent over £8million on temporary accommodation in 2021.

Temporary accommodation can be unpleasant, despite the council’s ‘good homes standard’, introduced last March. The News recently reported the case of a woman living in temporary accommodation with her young son, and rats, mice and cockroaches.

The additional £4 million is part of the budget to be voted on at the council meeting on Wednesday February 23.