Homeless spending falls dramatically

Spending on temporary accommodation falls by just under £1m a year, most savings on hostel costs

Spending on hostel accommodation for homeless people has fallen dramatically over the past four years, according to data provided by the city council.

Responding to a freedom of information request, the council released figures showing a fall in spending from over £1.5m in 2011 to less than £0.6m last year.

Spending on bed and breakfast accommodation is much less. Last year it was £48,891

The feedom of information request asked for details of spending on private accommodation such as hotels or private rents. Replying, a spokesperson for the council said, “We don’t use hotels or private rented accommodation or other non-social housing to house homeless people.”

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