The Guardian’s Randeep Ramesh reports today on the use of bed and breakfasts to house families beyond the legal time limit of six weeks.
The national picture is that half of the 242 authorities who responded had placed homeless families in private accommodation for more than 6 weeks since April 2010. But what’s your local picture?
A good first stop is your local authority’s expenditure above £500. To find this, try a search like ‘expenditure 500 site:bolton.gov.uk‘ – but replace the last bit with your own local authority’s website (excluding the www.).
“Before I did Matthew’s story I never really understood why homeless people were there. This is what drove me to look at homelessness for the first project.”
Currently Coventry’s Hidden Voices are on the look for other stories they can bring attention to. their latest post reads:
Our towns and cities are rich in diversity and accommodate people with different ideals, religious beliefs, social beliefs and view points. We all move forward but our understanding may be limited and misunderstanding can be rife.
To help them find such stories email: email@example.com.
Helping connect those investigating the welfare system