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Weekly News Round-Up: B&Bs, hotels and student accommodation

Councils illegally housing teenagers in B&Bs

Over 100 local authorities in England illegally placed homeless children in bed and breakfast hotels last year, BBC Newsnight has discovered.

Statutory government guidance makes clear that 16 and 17 year olds should not be housed overnight in a B&B “even on an emergency accommodation basis”.

But 119 of 208 councils that replied to Newsnight Freedom of Information requests said they had done so in 2012. Read More

Jim Reed | BBC News | 29th August 2013

5,000 NHS patients put up in hotels

NHS hospitals have been accused of wasting money and putting lives at risk by putting up almost 5,000 patients in hotels.

Those suffering from cancer, schizophrenia and chronic back pain are among those who have been allocated the accommodation, at an average cost of £320 per stay.

Freedom of Information requests reveal the scale of NHS hotel-use for the first time, with a total of £1.6 million spent by 21 trusts since January 2012 – including repeated use of lavish four star accommodation. Read more

Olivia Goldhill & Laura Donnelly | The Daily Telegraph | 30th August 2013

Students are sleeping in bedrooms that contain asbestos

At least 17,000 students slept in university bedrooms that contained asbestos last year, figures have revealed.

Although universities have asbestos management procedures, campaigners have raised concerns that students may not report damaged asbestos because they do not know it is there. Several universities have admitted they do not tell students that there is asbestos in their bedrooms.

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers says it is “deeply concerned” about the extent of asbestos in universities, which has been exposed following Freedom of Information requests by the Guardian. Read more

Martin Williams | The Guardian | 27th August 2013

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