Liberal Democrat Councillors at the Borough Council are calling for the Council to purchase some temporary , pre-fabicrated housing units to use as emergency accommodation for families waiting for a more permanent home.
Cllr. Sally Beardsworth , Leader of the Lib Dems on the council says. “ With increasing homelessness the council is spending around £50,000 a month on temporary accommodation and much of this is going on Bed & Breakfast or to private landlords.”
“We believe that it is time for the authority to follow Reading council and others and use prefabricated units to create a stock of temporary emergency housing which will provide homes for families while they are waiting authority-owned or other social housing”.
“B & B is particularly unsuitable and disruptive for families and at a time of growing homelessness represents poor value for money within a stretched budget.” Says Councillor Beardsworth.