Government Minister criticises Bromley’s record on helping homeless people

Penge and Cator Councillors

We are grateful to the Copers Cope Residents Association for drawing our attention to this article from the May edition of “Inside Housing”.   As well as raising important issues, it also provides further background to the plans to convert Cranbrook House in Thesiger Road to temporary accommodation for the homeless.

Grant Shapps is the Conservative Government’s Housing Minister.

Shapps issues B&B warning to councils

The housing minister has warned 20 councils to improve the way they deal with homeless people.

Grant Shapps wrote to the local authorities in England on 23 April after becoming worried about the amount of time they were leaving families languishing in bed and breakfast accommodation. The minister is concerned councils are breaching rules barring them from placing families in B&Bs for more than six weeks.

Hammersmith & Fulham, Bromley, Westminster, Brent and Wandsworth councils in London, as well as Cornwall Council are among those singled out.

Mr Shapps wrote: ‘While this government has removed targets… this…

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