Bed and breakfast 'used beyond limit for homeless people in North Lincolnshire'
North Lincolnshire Council has admitted housing homeless families in bed and breakfast accommodation beyond the current legal limit, new data has shown.
Under legislation, councils are only allowed to place adults and children in B&Bs for a maximum of six weeks as a temporary measure while more permanent accommodation is found.
But figures released following a Freedom of Information request by the Labour Party show that the council has housed homeless families beyond this legal time limit.
A total of 125 authorities across England have placed people in such accommodation for six weeks or more since April 2010.
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The number of families housed in North Lincolnshire beyond the limit has not been revealed, although council bosses say the number of families being temporarily housed in B&Bs has fallen in recent years.
The data also revealed that the council spent £787.49 on housing a family in bed and breakfast accommodation in just one week
A North Lincolnshire Council spokeswoman said: “In the two years prior to April 2010, it was necessary to use B&Bs for 139 households with children. In the two years after that date, the number was 81. Since April last year, the council has had to use B&Bs for only 17 households with children.
“The price paid for bed and breakfast accommodation varies from one hotel to another, and according to the size of household. The average net cost in this area is around £225 a week.”