More than half a billion pounds has been spent by London local authorities on emergency housing since the last general election.
Councils have had to place people in hotels and B&Bs, after they presented themselves as homeless.
- Haringey Council had the biggest bill of £197 million,
- Westminster spent £111 million
- Enfield spent £59 million
- Kensington and Chelsea spent £53 million
- Newham spent £35 million
- and Islington spent £33 million
The total spend in London amounts to £630 million since 2010.
The Labour party has criticised the revelation saying the number of families with children living in such accommodation was at a 10-year high.
Housing charity Shelter also condemned the figures, saying cuts to the housing safety net were a false economy.
Westminster City Council says the new bins will help cut fuel costs and greenhouse emissions as the number of collections is reduced.
This is an innovative pilot that has the potential to make real savings, both in costs and emissions. And by targeting collections we can prioritise bins to prevent any potential overflowing.
- An app driven by a SIM card is installed in the bin
- An infra-red sensor in the bin works out how full it is
- Messages are then sent by text to Westminster City Council
Solar powered bins, that automatically text refuse collectors when they're 80% full, are being used on the streets of central London.
Westminster City Council is installing 4 new bins at Trevor Place, Berkeley Square, Belgrave Square, Ennismore Gardens. They also have eight times the capacity of a normal bin because the bins automatically compact the rubbish.
– Cllr Nickie Aiken, Westminster City Council
Dual use bays are all about maximising the space at the kerbside in the city to enable fair and easy parking for everyone.
Demand for space in the city is great and Westminster seeks to maintain a balance between the needs of residents, businesses and visitors to the city in all our decisions regarding parking.
However, we accept that the parking signs in these streets could have given rise to confusion among motorists and so we are making a one-off exception - it is the right thing to do. We have now also replaced signs as a result.
Westminster City Council is set to refund over 5,000 parking tickets valued at £278,000. The council says the signs at three locations in central London were confusing.
The signs told motorists that parking charges were in force between 8:30am and 6:30pm. They implied that motorists could park for free from 6:30pm until 8:30am. However, during these times the bays were dedicated to taxis only.
They were used along Oxendon Street, Jermyn Street and Conduit Street.
– Cllr Tombolis, Westminster City Council
It's great to see equipment that's free and accessible to everyone, whilst enjoying the park.
It ensures that Westminster City Council residents have the opportunity to fulfil the recommended guidelines for physical activity and maintain mental health.
Plus it's eco-friendly, offering a chance for social interaction.
An outdoor gym has sprung up near the Houses of Parliament to encourage more people to take up exercise.
The project in Millbank Gardens is the start of a keep fit campaign by Westminster City Council. The equipment will appear in several other parks in the Spring.
Westminster Council has long argued that rough sleeping Roma travellers are affecting businesses in the capital. Today it began another mission to move them on. They say the action's vital because soon they might not have the law behind them. To explain here's Dan Hewitt.