Westminster Council spends £85,000 a week housing families in 10 West End hotels

Westminster City Council is spending almost £85,000 a week housing families in 10 West End hotels, with over £22,500 a week paid to the Central Park Hotel, two minutes’ walk from Hyde Park and over £17,000 a week paid to the Copthorne Tara Hotel in Kensington. On an annual basis, this works out at almost £4.5 million a year.

This latest information on Westminster’s housing crisis, caused by an acute lack of social housing and the introduction of Housing Benefit caps, was provided to Labour Councillors by Council officers who say “Because these hotels are used on a spot booking basis there is not a regular weekly charge; the table below shows the expenditure in a recent week on these (but it will vary)”

Hotel Name

Weekly   amount

Royal Eagle Hotel

£11,620

Copthorne Tara Hotel Ldn Ken

£17,010

Comfort Inn Buckingham Palace

£6,104

Ambassadors Hotel London

£8,152

Quality Hotel Wembley

£989

Central Park Hotel

£22,594

Comfort Inn Vauxhall Hotel

£6,104

Holiday Inn Exp London City

£875

Jurys Inn Chelsea London

£10,598

Royal National Hotel

£853

Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;

“These new figures further expose the depth of the housing crisis in Westminster. Massive amounts of public money are now being spent by the Council housing families in expensive hotel rooms on a weekly basis. This is the economics of the mad house. Instead of public money going to subsidise Housing Benefit rents paid to buy-to-let landlords, even more public money is now going to hotel operators every week. The only bright side of the huge sums of public money being spent on hotel rooms is that Westminster Council is single-handedly keeping West End hotel occupancy rates high at a time of recession.”

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