The latest Government figures have confirmed the scale of the housing crisis facing Bristol. In just over two years the number of families accepted by Bristol City Council as being newly homeless has nearly quadrupled.
At the same time Bristol Council has chosen to sell off homes to the private sector.
Reacting to the news Dawn Primarolo, Labour MP for Bristol South, said:
“These figures are appalling and shame our city. In the first nine months of last year more than 500 families became homeless in Bristol. Every one of those families is an individual tragedy, potentially forced to live in hostels or inappropriate bed and breakfast. This is just the tip of the iceberg and does not take into account the many thousands of people living in overcrowded or unsuitable accommodation.
A Freedom of Information Request has revealed that Bristol City Council has sold off hundreds of homes in the last few years, most under “Right to Buy” but dozens have also been sold to the private sector as “uneconomic to repair”.
Dawn said: “These figures show that every day last summer two families a day were becoming homeless.
“It is clear that the current Government, and the Mayor of Bristol, do not see housing as a priority. Rather than constructing the hundreds of affordable homes we need in Bristol South we have just a handful.
“Bristol City Council must review their sell-off strategy and we must force those developers who are sitting on undeveloped sites to build, and demand they fulfil their obligations to provide genuinely affordable homes to rent or buy.”