B&B costs soar to more than a £1 million.
Shepway District Council’s B&B costs have now broken the £1 million pound barrier for the first time ever. We predicted this would happen in Oct 2017. The total now stands at £1,058,657 and we have February’s and March’s figures to come, the total figure may possibly be heading to one and quarter million mark.
The spend on B&B costs is a whopping 84% increase on spending for B&B costs when compared to the whole financial year 16/17. Cllr Alan Ewart-James is the Cabinet member responsible for B&B costs.
This has happened, in part, because not enough affordable housing has been built or is being built.
According to a answer given by Cllr Ewart James (pictured) in a question raised by Cllr Mary Lawes, the Council waiting list was a over 3000 people. Now with 350 -470 affordable homes available it is obvious not enough is being built or has been built. Folkestone Town Council have objected to the former Wyevale Garden Centren in Jointon Road, Folkestone, precisely because no affordable homes is to be included on the 42 homes proposed. Now developers reduce affordable housing via their Financial Viability Apprasial’s; which go like this:
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