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Statement by Sutton Council on homelessness in borough

Sutton is supporting an ever increasing number of homeless people, in common with councils across the country, especially in London. In April 2015, Sutton Council accommodated 280 homeless households. By April 2016, that figure stood at 411 and, as of this week, it has risen to 577 households.

Sky-high rents in London are simply unaffordable for people out of work or on low incomes. More and more families are facing eviction by private sector landlords.

The chronic lack of affordable and social housing is a nationwide problem which requires  a government-led response.

Sutton Council has to strike a balance between placing homeless families far away, or more locally. Council’s face excessive cost to provide even the most basic accommodation. Our limited resources would be better spent on increasing the supply of affordable rented homes.

Changes to borrowing rules have allowed us to start work on an ambitious programme to build the first new council houses in nearly 30 years. Funding has been provided with borrowing from the HRA (Housing Revenue Account) and will see 93 new homes delivered across three sites – in Alcester Road, Wallington; Fellowes Road, Carshalton; and Richmond Green, Beddington.