9:48 AM, 27th September 2016, About 5 years ago 20
It has been reported that Peterborough Council have spent over £1million to house families in Travel Lodges since April This year.
This is due to an increase in Homelessness in Peterborough from an average of 98 people per month to 150 in August.
The Council is blaming this increase on the role out of Universal credit and increases in the tax burden on private Landlords.
Peterborough Council service manager for adult services and communities, Adrian Chapman said, “we’ve seen a number of landlords in Peterborough deciding to sell up because it’s no longer a viable business for them, partly down to new taxation rules.
“We’ve also seen a number of landlords who’ve decided to no longer accept housing benefit claimants.
“We just don’t have the ready supply of available, suitable, affordable accommodation in Peterborough. Demand is simply outstripping supply.
“It’s a perfect storm of issues to cause this unusual peak in demand.”
However, central government hit back with a spokesman defending their policies saying, “there are many reasons for homelessness and to suggest that it is due to welfare reforms is wholly misleading.
“Councils have a responsibility to house families in settled accommodation as quickly as possible, which is why we have given them the tools to achieve this. One person without a home is one too many and we are investing over £500 million to tackle homelessness and stop it happening in the first place.”
As the Mortgage Interest relief reductions are phased in, and begin to bite it, is expected that this issue will be more widely replicated throughout the country.
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