First all all thanks to Cllr Julie Johnson for asking a question at next week's Council meeting. They have published the questions and the written responses and this one in particular caught my eye (Question 41).
"How many homeless families have been placed outside the Borough since 2009? And for how long?"
The response is quite shocking. In the first three months of this financial year 477 households were placed in temporary accommodation outside the borough compared to 519 household for the whole two year period 2009/10-2010/11.
Looking at the table it is apparent that this problem started escalating after the last election and has shown a relentless rise. Based on the current trend, it looks like this financial year more than 2,000 families will be placed in temporary accommodation outside the borough compared to just 202 in 2009/10, a ten fold increase.
Cllr Davey's response looks incredibly complacent - well most of those families have been accommodated in Brent, Enfield, Hackney and Haringey with 110 families have been rehoused further afield. No mention of why the problem has escalated so dramatically or what steps are being taken to resolve the problem.
It looks like, along with the Councils services, they are now outsourcing homeless families too, convenient in the run up to the elections.