Labour discover 4,025 Barnet children are living in temporary accommodation - triple what the Tories stated

Labour councillors have discovered that the number of children living in temporary or emergency accommodation at the end of 2015/16 was actually 4,025 - more than triple the number stated by Conservative Housing Boss, Cllr Tom Davey, at the Council meeting two weeks ago.

Cllr Davey said that 1,235 children were living in temporary accommodation in an answer to a question from Cllr Ross Houston, Labour's Housing Spokesperson and Deputy Leader. However, figures published by the Department for Communities and Local Government [DCLG] show that figure to be over three times higher - 4,025.

The DCLG data also shows that the number of homeless children in Barnet has been rising for the last three years with 3,863 children in temporary accommodation at the end of 2014/15, and 3,063 at the end of 2013/14.

Cllr Houston has asked Cllr Davey to explain why the figure he gave at the Council meeting does not accord with the published Government data which is reported directly to DCLG by Barnet Council.

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