Councillor for Norbiton Ward, Emily Davey, has announced a wholescale review of Temporary Accommodation in Kingston.
Increasing numbers of people are living in temporary accommodation in Kingston. In 2015/16 there were 654 households were living in temporary accommodation, but mounting pressures and lack of available homes means this has now risen to 798.
The review of temporary accommodation will cover the experiences of both tenants and landlords. We will also look at the mounting costs of emergency and temporary accommodation — last year Kingston spent over £8 million on this. Additional training to staff will be provided where needed.
Despite clear demand, the previous Conservative administration chose not to build any social rented houses. This choice has created the current crisis, leaving families living in temporary homes for long periods of time. The Lib Dems’ council-house building program will ease the situation in the short term, but there are no quick fixes. In the meantime we need to ensure that our those waiting for permanent homes have accommodation which is fit for purpose.
Cllr Emily Davey, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “The Council is facing a crisis when it comes to temporary accommodation, the blame for which can be laid squarely at the feet of the Conservatives — both locally and nationally.
“The Conservatives at Westminster forced the Council to sell existing homes at a discount, while, even worse, effectively stopping Kingston building replacement properties for over 30 years. Now that we can build social rent homes locally, it has taken a Lib Dem council to do so: in their last year of office, the Conservatives failed to build a single council house!
“This state of affairs cannot continue. I am proud that Kingston Council is building homes once again.”