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Homeless people in Basildon are being sent to Harlow
12:00pm Thursday 23rd May 2013 in News
HOMELESS people in Basildon are being sent as far away as Harlow to stay because the borough doesn’t have enough accommodation, the Echo can reveal.
Basildon Council has been forced to find other places for people to stay due to an increase in the number of people being declared homeless because of financial woes, domestic violence, and divorce.
Last year 233 people were declared homeless - the second highest number in Essex.
Mo Slade, Basildon Council’s manager of housing choice, said: “Sending people to Harlow does happen quite frequently.
“In every case we will always ring around and try for somewhere local but unfortunately that is not always the case and we’ve had to send people up there – especially during the winter months.
“The accommodation in Basildon does not lend itself to housing the homeless as we need places that cater for people, but the town has a lot of Premier Inns and the like, and we do use them in emergencies.
“Homelessness affects people in all manners of ways and we do try to make the best use of the stock we’ve got.”
All local authorities have a duty to put homeless residents up in accommodation while they investigate why they have become homeless.
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