It’s no secret that councils across the country use budget hotels to accommodate the homeless in their towns and cities. But to what extent does this happen in Birmingham?
Data made public by the Birmingham Data Factory, on behalf of the City Council, shows expenditure on hotels for the homeless reach nearly £2.2 million in the last twelve months.
The amount spent on combatting homelessness has increased alongside the number of people facing the crisis.
Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for housing and homes, Cllr Peter Griffiths, said: “The main reason for the increases [in expenditure] is the demand on the service and the number of households we are required to place in temporary accommodation.
“We are finding it more and more difficult to accommodate larger families, and those households entering temporary accommodation are spending, on average, longer periods before we are able to secure them permanent accommodation.
“We are finding it more and more difficult to accommodate larger families.”
“We have developed and are implementing a temporary accommodation plan and have identified a number of actions which will assist in reducing temporary accommodation numbers.”
A spokesperson at Travelodge said: “We do work with local authorities from time to time when they require short-term support, but we’re unable to comment on the specific arrangements.”
We’ve mapped out each transaction in the chart below – click on the graph below to interact with the data.