Labour Councillor calls for change in Richmond’s Housing policy
This week, Labour Councillor Jennifer Churchill has called for a change in Richmond’s Housing Policy, especially towards looking after the homeless in the Borough.
Once again, Richmond Council has failed to meet its own target regarding the number of households in temporary accommodation for bed and breakfasts. It has failed to meet its target for for the last five years, and there are no signs that things will improve in the near future.
Labour Councillor Jennifer Churchill said
“There are over 250 homeless households in Richmond this Christmas, many of whom are families staying in Bed and Breakfasts. Whilst the accommodation in most cases is technically not breaking the law, it is far from ideal.”
"My thoughts this Christmas are with the local families facing the biggest anxiety - when and where are they going to find somewhere suitable that can be a home...
Whilst the situation is worst for those coping in temporary accommodation, it is not much better for the hundreds of families coping with overcrowding in social housing in the borough, or indeed those people in the private sector trying to get by at a time when rent swallows up well over half average take home pay. “
“Richmond's record on temporary accommodation is now over five years of failure. We need a step-change in attitudes over housing in the Borough".