Emergency B&B tenants in Cornwall double in year

The number of people in Cornwall living in emergency bed and breakfast accommodation has nearly doubled in a year, new government figures say.

In 2010, there were 63 people living in such accommodation but it rose to 125 in 2011, the Department for Communities and Local Government said.

Cornwall Council said it only used such accommodation as a last resort.

It added that it tried to move families from bed and breakfasts into homes as quickly as possible.

Reasons for emergency accommodation use include homeless people being sheltered from extreme weather or people losing their homes due to incidents such as a fire.

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