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London emergency housing bill soars to £630m

Councils have been forced to place people in accommodation, such as hotels and B&Bs, after they presented themselves as being homeless.

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Councils spend £630 million on emergency housing

More than half a billion pounds has been spent by local authorities in London on emergency housing since the general election. Councils have been forced to place people in accommodation, such as hotels and B&Bs, after they presented themselves as being homeless.

Houses in south east London Credit: Press Association

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