Leicester has seen a “huge rise” in recent years in the number of people who either are or face becoming homeless. Leicester City Council, which has a legal duty to provide homelessness support, said the number of people and families living in temporary accommodation has rocketed from 94 at the start of August 2022 to 332 in December 2023.
The cause is in part due to the cost-of-living crisis. Some 58 of those are currently living in B&B accommodation which is particularly expensive for the local authority. Individuals and families are also now spending longer in these temporary homes while waiting for a permanent solution, with stays averaging more than three months.
This costs Leicester City Council millions of pounds and the authority has said it cannot afford this “massive financial threat” given the other cost pressures it faces. The authority has previously said it expects to be in a position where it cannot balance its books – something it is legally bound to do – within 18 months.