Homeless children a 'shocking indictment' says Wirral Council's housing chief

Wirral Globe: Homeless children a 'shocking indictment' says Wirral Council's housing chief Homeless children a 'shocking indictment' says Wirral Council's housing chief

Disturbing figures released by the Government show almost 85,000 children face being homeless in the UK this Christmas.

Wirral Council housing chief Cllr George Davies called the situation “a shocking indictment.”

But he said safeguards are in place in the borough designed to prevent children falling into homelessness.

Government data shows 820 youngsters across the North West are homeless and living in temporary accommodation.

Housing charity Shelter is warning the rising cost of living coupled with cuts to the housing safety net will mean many more parents finding themselves facing a struggle to keep a roof over their children’s heads.

Councillor Davies said: “The situation in Wirral is that fewer than one per cent of children are in the homeless category – although introduction of bedroom tax will not have helped.

“But some people are finding it difficult to find accommodation.

“In 2013, when you have 85,000 children without a home, it is an appalling statistic.”

Shelter has launched an emergency fundraising appeal to support its work with homeless children this Christmas.

Many of these are likely to be living in emergency bed & breakfast accommodation.

Councillor Davies said: “When it can’t be prevented, then the council will only use approved self-contained accommodation suitable to meet the needs of individual families.

“We will only use bed & breakfast accommodation or hotels in exceptional circumstances and as a last resort.

“Whenever possible, families placed in bed & breakfast will be moved into self-contained accommodation as soon as possible.”

Already taking more than 470 calls a day to its helpline, Shelter is now bracing itself for an increase in demand for its advice services this Christmas; particularly given the 15% rise in the number of calls received during December last year.

Campbell Robb, Shelter’s chief executive, said: “These new figures are even worse than we expected.

“It is an absolute disgrace that nearly 85,000 children in Britain face waking up homeless this Christmas morning.”

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2:25pm Mon 16 Dec 13

WirralAl says...

Looks like another attempt at point scoring.

He States
"Government data shows 820 youngsters across the North West are homeless and living in temporary accommodation."

Does that mean the are homeless or not?

Does that all mean that the council do not put 2 young people in one flat and make them BOTH pay £400.00 per month in rent EACH for a 2 bedroom flat in a flat like Bedford house. The scandal in that the council are double charging for flats.!!

It is down to the council to provide the accommodation for these people.

How many houses are under council control but are actually empty??

No reasonable person wants to see people homeless but some of the actually want to be.

The point is that how many people on the Wirral are actually homeless??
Looks like another attempt at point scoring. He States "Government data shows 820 youngsters across the North West are homeless and living in temporary accommodation." Does that mean the are homeless or not? Does that all mean that the council do not put 2 young people in one flat and make them BOTH pay £400.00 per month in rent EACH for a 2 bedroom flat in a flat like Bedford house. The scandal in that the council are double charging for flats.!! It is down to the council to provide the accommodation for these people. How many houses are under council control but are actually empty?? No reasonable person wants to see people homeless but some of the actually want to be. The point is that how many people on the Wirral are actually homeless?? WirralAl

3:02pm Mon 16 Dec 13

artemis81 says...

WirralAl wrote:
Looks like another attempt at point scoring.

He States
"Government data shows 820 youngsters across the North West are homeless and living in temporary accommodation."

Does that mean the are homeless or not?

Does that all mean that the council do not put 2 young people in one flat and make them BOTH pay £400.00 per month in rent EACH for a 2 bedroom flat in a flat like Bedford house. The scandal in that the council are double charging for flats.!!

It is down to the council to provide the accommodation for these people.

How many houses are under council control but are actually empty??

No reasonable person wants to see people homeless but some of the actually want to be.

The point is that how many people on the Wirral are actually homeless??
Are you making this up as you go along, Al? Why would the Council 'make' people pay £400 a month EACH in rent - surely they could afford and would be better served finding their own accommodation in that case? Oh, also the Council doesn't have its own housing stock any more, so they can't really demand rent from people. I've never heard of Bedford House, but maybe you are thinking of some of the supported housing for young people that Forum Housing operates? If it is, then the charge includes all bills and the support of staff - quite reasonable then, in that case...
[quote][p][bold]WirralAl[/bold] wrote: Looks like another attempt at point scoring. He States "Government data shows 820 youngsters across the North West are homeless and living in temporary accommodation." Does that mean the are homeless or not? Does that all mean that the council do not put 2 young people in one flat and make them BOTH pay £400.00 per month in rent EACH for a 2 bedroom flat in a flat like Bedford house. The scandal in that the council are double charging for flats.!! It is down to the council to provide the accommodation for these people. How many houses are under council control but are actually empty?? No reasonable person wants to see people homeless but some of the actually want to be. The point is that how many people on the Wirral are actually homeless??[/p][/quote]Are you making this up as you go along, Al? Why would the Council 'make' people pay £400 a month EACH in rent - surely they could afford and would be better served finding their own accommodation in that case? Oh, also the Council doesn't have its own housing stock any more, so they can't really demand rent from people. I've never heard of Bedford House, but maybe you are thinking of some of the supported housing for young people that Forum Housing operates? If it is, then the charge includes all bills and the support of staff - quite reasonable then, in that case... artemis81

4:09pm Mon 16 Dec 13

WirralAl says...

artemis81 wrote:
WirralAl wrote:
Looks like another attempt at point scoring.

He States
"Government data shows 820 youngsters across the North West are homeless and living in temporary accommodation."

Does that mean the are homeless or not?

Does that all mean that the council do not put 2 young people in one flat and make them BOTH pay £400.00 per month in rent EACH for a 2 bedroom flat in a flat like Bedford house. The scandal in that the council are double charging for flats.!!

It is down to the council to provide the accommodation for these people.

How many houses are under council control but are actually empty??

No reasonable person wants to see people homeless but some of the actually want to be.

The point is that how many people on the Wirral are actually homeless??
Are you making this up as you go along, Al? Why would the Council 'make' people pay £400 a month EACH in rent - surely they could afford and would be better served finding their own accommodation in that case? Oh, also the Council doesn't have its own housing stock any more, so they can't really demand rent from people. I've never heard of Bedford House, but maybe you are thinking of some of the supported housing for young people that Forum Housing operates? If it is, then the charge includes all bills and the support of staff - quite reasonable then, in that case...
I am sorry to say that you are wrong. I was told directly about if and it was £400.00 per month plus bills and they had 2 people in a 2 bedroom flat both paying the £400.00 per month. No joke. I could not believe it. Perhaps someone taking the Michael
[quote][p][bold]artemis81[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WirralAl[/bold] wrote: Looks like another attempt at point scoring. He States "Government data shows 820 youngsters across the North West are homeless and living in temporary accommodation." Does that mean the are homeless or not? Does that all mean that the council do not put 2 young people in one flat and make them BOTH pay £400.00 per month in rent EACH for a 2 bedroom flat in a flat like Bedford house. The scandal in that the council are double charging for flats.!! It is down to the council to provide the accommodation for these people. How many houses are under council control but are actually empty?? No reasonable person wants to see people homeless but some of the actually want to be. The point is that how many people on the Wirral are actually homeless??[/p][/quote]Are you making this up as you go along, Al? Why would the Council 'make' people pay £400 a month EACH in rent - surely they could afford and would be better served finding their own accommodation in that case? Oh, also the Council doesn't have its own housing stock any more, so they can't really demand rent from people. I've never heard of Bedford House, but maybe you are thinking of some of the supported housing for young people that Forum Housing operates? If it is, then the charge includes all bills and the support of staff - quite reasonable then, in that case...[/p][/quote]I am sorry to say that you are wrong. I was told directly about if and it was £400.00 per month plus bills and they had 2 people in a 2 bedroom flat both paying the £400.00 per month. No joke. I could not believe it. Perhaps someone taking the Michael WirralAl

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