England has ‘twice as many empty homes as families stuck in B&Bs’


There are 121,327 in short-term housing, while 261,189 homes are empty long-term, say Lib Dems

The numbers of families without a permanent home and in short-term housing, whether hotels and B&Bs or temporary rental properties, has hit a record high this year, with the latest statistics showing it now affects 121,327 children, according to data collated by the House of Commons library.

Other figures, also compiled by the library, show that councils across England have 261,189 homes that are classed as long-term vacant, meaning they have been empty for six months or more.

While the empty properties do not all match where the children live, in 242 of the 313 English local authorities the statistics showed more empty homes than children in temporary accommodation.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2023/dec/24/england-empty-homes-families-temporary-accommodation

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