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London councils spending millions on emergency housing

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.