Council spends £8m buying houses for the homeless

Bournemouth Borough Council has bought 40 houses costing just over £8 million to help in the fight against homelessness - and it plans to spend another £18.5 million to keep people off the streets.

Already 135 people, including 81 children, have escaped emergency accommodation and been given a permanent home. Houses have been bought in the East Cliff, Springbourne and Kinson areas of Bournemouth.

Bournemouth Pier Credit: PA

Its idyllic beaches are part of the problem for Bournemouth, attracting people to the town which has one of the highest rates of homelessness on the south west coast.

The council began buying houses and converting them into homes of multiple occupancy, as one way of coping with the problem. A further £18.5m has been approved to expand the idea into 2020