There’s been much debate in the past week about the sharp rise in the number of people in housing difficulty in the city and the impact of this on our budget.
Peterborough is no different to other cities, but as one of the fastest growing cities in the country we are certainly at the sharp end.
The issue we have is that demand for social housing is far higher than supply and as a result we are having to place more people who require temporary accommodation in bed and breakfasts, and in extreme circumstances, budget hotels.
To put it into perspective, an average of 60 to 90 people per month came to us as homeless in 2012 – this rose to 150 in August.
Changes to the benefits system have had an impact on many families, in particular the changes to housing benefits which see people who are under-occupying their properties penalised.
The introduction of universal credit, which involves individuals being given their benefits directly, has led to fewer private landlords accepting people on housing benefits.