Number of homelessness interviews jumps by 50 per cent, says Milton Keynes Council

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A sharp increase in the number of homelessness interviews has been described as “very unwelcome” by Milton Keynes Council.

In one week the council saw a 50 per cent jump in the number of homelessness interviews.

There was also a 27 per cent increase in a fortnight in the number of households in bed and breakfast, going from 62 to 79 families from July 11-25.

Councillor Hannah O’Neill, cabinet member responsible for housing, said “With housing pressures continuing, homelessness remains a real risk for some families within our community.

“Changes in house prices and interest rates could directly and indirectly lead to increases in numbers of households made homeless as private landlords seek to sell on their properties in an improving market.

“It will continue to be a council priority to prevent homelessness where we can and increase the quality and quantity of housing we can offer to those households who do become homeless.”

Larger families facing eviction from their private rented housing made up a significant part of the increase.

The same number of households in B&B were reported this time last year, which was a typical monthly figure.

But this year’s figures were unexpected because the use of B&B has been reducing, say MK Council.

It claims efforts are being made to resolve the situation as an additional eight well-appointed hostel rooms has been arranged and they are actively exploring options for more.

The authority also says a “complex legal situation” has been resolved to bring forward 11 new build housing association homes, which will now be available within the next two weeks.

There is also work to secure nine additional nomination rights on a development in the Bletchley area.