New figures reveal the cost of homelessness is spiralling due to Bromley Council’s failure to investRead Now
Labour has called on Bromley’s Tory Council to “get the trowels out” and build housing in the borough as the Council admit that the temporary accommodation bill is now seriously over budget.
The Tories refusal to take on board Labour’s sensible, costed proposals to build affordable housing has meant they have been forced to over-spend by £1.74 million on expensive out-of-borough accommodation (1). This is not only bad for the budget, but breaks up communities as homeless families are often placed miles away from their jobs, schools and support.
In an attempt to stem the spiralling bill, the Council have committed to build 128 new affordable homes. Many of these will be modular units as they rush to meet the increasing demand caused by the central Conservative government’s failure to address ever-rising private rents which it combines with devastating welfare cuts.
Bromley council’s approach is out-of-step with responsible local authorities across the capital who ensured on average 24% of new housing built last year was affordable, compared to just 5% in Bromley.
Speaking for the Labour Group, Cllr Angela Wilkins said:
“The Council finally providing new social housing is good news for our homeless families, but the Tories here are lagging well behind neighbouring boroughs in this regard.
It’s high time they got their trowels out and started laying bricks rather than complaining about the costs of homelessness.
Having transferred their council owned homes to housing associations years ago, they are only looking to build new homes now because the costs of temporary accommodation are so high. As ever, in Bromley, it’s about pound signs not about people.
Labour would have started building new homes years ago – which would have saved thousands of pounds and the huge misery of homelessness for our families.”