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Illegal use of B&Bs to house homeless families – how to investigate your local figures (and learn some useful data techniques too)

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.).

Download it and open in Excel or Google Docs (if you need to convert it from PDF try pdftoexcelonline.com). Now it’s time to filter… Continue reading Illegal use of B&Bs to house homeless families – how to investigate your local figures (and learn some useful data techniques too)

Communities: Coventry’s Hidden Voices


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Matthew’s story is but one of the films the Hidden Voices have put together to raise awareness of the social problems in their area.

Following the posting of this video many have expressed their concerns not only the community’s website, but also on Twitter, facebook and YouTube.

The video was made by 26-year-old, Brad Powell, from Kenilworth who told the Coventry Telegraph:

“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: share@thehiddenvoices.org.