The number of households in temporary accommodation dropped to 695 last week (10.11.2017) however many of the households are placed outside of Milton Keynes.
Milton Keynes Council’s Labour Administration has brought the number of households in B&B down from 170 in September 2016 to just 1 household last Friday (10.11.17), that being a disabled family.
However, the Administration also wants to see those homeless households in temporary accommodation to be in Milton Keynes and not being placed outside the City. This will help families keep children in local schools and help keep households in work.
On Wednesday 15 November Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Housing Cllr Nigel Long will agree to lease 38 flats in Queensway House, Bletchley for homeless households.
Cllr Long said, “Milton Keynes faces a huge homelessness challenge. We are committed to reducing the number of households in temporary accommodation outside of Milton Keynes. We are also working to get better Value for Money from arrangements with the providers of temporary accommodation. We are planning to lease 38 flats in Queensway House, Bletchley. These will be local flats for local households and will be better Value for Money. They will save the Council “£720,000 over the three years of the lease.”
Cllr Long concluded, “The Council is committed to finding good value temporary accommodation in Milton Keynes. We are also working to reduce the number of homeless households. We want to see households who find themselves homeless able to stay local, so their children can remain in local schools and the parents retain their jobs. This deal for 38 flats meets these objectives also delivers better Value For Money.”