Westminster Council is housing families in West End hotel rooms costing over £1,500 a week for each room, following the introduction of Housing Benefit caps, according to figures released to Labour Councillors by Council officers.
Contrary to the law, over 120 families with children have been in hotels for more than six weeks and Council officers predict this to rise to over 150 in the coming months.
Below are the highest 10 weekly bedroom charges paid by the Council for just 1 bedroom in each hotel.
Total Weekly Expense per room
|Royal Eagle Hotel||
|Copthorne Tara Hotel Ldn Ken||
|Comfort Inn Buckingham Palace||
|Ambassadors Hotel London||
|Quality Hotel Wembley||
|Central Park Hotel||
|Comfort Inn Vauxhall Hotel||
|Holiday Inn Exp London City||
|Jurys Inn Chelsea London||
|Royal National Hotel||
The Housing Benefit weekly rent caps introduced by the Conservative-led Government are;
- £250 for 1 bed property
- £290 for 2 bed property
- £340 for 3 bed property
- £400 for 4 bed property
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;
“These figures show the financial incompetence of Westminster Conservatives. Having lobbied heavily for the introduction of Housing Benefit caps, Westminster Conservatives suddenly find out that there are not enough homes available for those in housing need and are now having to pay massive weekly payment to four star hotels which are costing up to six times more than the Housing Benefit cap levels. Every Westminster tax payer is having to foot the bill for the Council’s gross incompetence and yet the Conservatives still refuse to apologise for this expensive shambles”