Family spent five months living in hotel

Central Beds Council
Central Beds Council

Homeless familes are living in hotel rooms as Central Beds Council struggles to find suitable accommondation.

A mum and her two young children being forced to live in a hotel room for five months is just a tip of the iceberg the Chronicle can reveal.

The mum, whose identity we have agreed not to reveal after she fled domestic violence, was moved into the room in a hotel chain with her two children after becoming homeless in February.

But despite both children having disabilities and there being no cooking or clothes washing facilities,

The council say they do not have suitable accommodation for her.

And the council has revealed that at the end of June there were 63 households in temporary accommodation, 30 of which were in B & B-type establishments.

The woman, in her 30s, had to share a bed with her young daughter while her son slept in a pullout bed.

While most of the cost of the hotel room was covered by housing benefit, she still paid £40 a week herself for the room.

It also meant she was unable to look for work as she could not give a permanent address to prospective employers.

“We have to rely on takeouts, and sometimes we might go to sit in the hotel restaurant which is very expensive. One guy from Central Beds said there is only so many pot noodles you can eat!,” she said.

Since local media got in touch last week the woman has now been offered temporary accommodation.

A council spokesman said: “[She] is a Band 1 priority on the council’s Housing Register and has been in temporary accommodation for five months since being accepted as priority homeless.

“Unfortunately, the council had no alternative available temporary accommodation in the area other than where she is currently staying.

“The council is arranging more suitable temporary accommodation that has just become available, and she will be meeting the landlords at the property to sign up.

“This is a temporary solution but an improvement in terms of accommodation.

“The council has approximately 250 Band 1 applicants on the housing register.”