Leeds City Council’s £1 million housing crisis

Leeds City Council has spent just more than £1m on providing emergency accommodation for the homeless in the last year, the Yorkshire Evening Post can reveal.

Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show the £1m spent by the council in 2012/13 was nearly twice the £540,000 from the previous year.

The cost been rising since 2010/11 – when it stood at £209,000 – as the housing crisis continues to deepen in the economic downturn.

Residents are put into emergency accommodation when deemed homeless in what is meant to be a temporary move – but figures show people have been going months without a proper home. One stay racked up 46 weeks in 2012/13, costing a total of £36,463.

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Leeds council tax set to rise as cuts bite

Leeds Town HallLeeds householders have been handed a council tax bombshell just two weeks before Christmas.

Plans to increase the local levy by two per cent next year, following a three-year freeze, were revealed last night by Leeds city council. Another 274 jobs at the authority are also set to be slashed to cut running costs.

Council leader Coun Keith Wakefield admitted it was a “dire financial situation”. He said: “We cannot continue to freeze council tax as it reduces our income to the point where it threatens our ability to support even the services we must provide by law.”

The current council tax for a band D property in Leeds is £1,316.39. A two-percent rise would equate to £26. The council has suffered Government grant reductions of £94m over the past three years, with £36m to be cut next year,

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