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Homelessness

Volume 86: debated on Monday 11 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he last discussed with the Housing Corporation homelessness in the London borough of Brent and the outcome of the submission he made for an increase in funds for the Brent People's Housing Association and the Paddington Churches' Housing Association.

My Department is in regular touch with the Housing Corporation on a number of issues, including homelessness. The corporation has recently made available resources to develop a major site in Brent.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish in the Official Report the number of homeless families living in bed and breakfast accommodation on 30 September from the London borough of Brent together with the current cost of this maintenance.

The latest information made available to the Department is that 675 homeless households were living in bed and breakfast accommodation in June 1985. From other council papers, I understand the annual net cost to the council of placing a family in this type of accommodation is approximately £2,000.