Wesminster Houses Homeless in West End Hotels at around £85,000 a week
By londononline | Friday, February 15, 2013, 15:41
The Westminster Labour Group has announced that Westminster City Council is spending almost £85,000 a week housing families in 10 West End hotels. They estimate that this will cost £4.5 million a year if the situation continues.
Westminster's housing crisis continues due to a shortage of suitable social housing coupled with Government Housing Benefit caps. Labour Councillors have discovered that the hotels are booked as need arises and so there is no regular weekly charge.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said; "These new figures further expose the depth of the housing crisis in Westminster. Massive amounts of public money are now being spent by the Council housing families in expensive hotel rooms on a weekly basis. This is the economics of the mad house. Instead of public money going to subsidise Housing Benefit rents paid to buy-to-let landlords, even more public money is now going to hotel operators every week. The only bright side of the huge sums of public money being spent on hotel rooms is that Westminster Council is single-handedly keeping West End hotel occupancy rates high at a time of recession."