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'Fenland Council can't justify zero council housing'

Private companies have been accused of profiting from England’s deepening housing crisis after an investigation found homeless families crammed into squalid hostels, crime-ridden tower blocks and rundown estates.

Freedom of Information responses from councils in England’s top 50 homeless blackspots reveal that the 156 largest private providers of temporary accommodation collected more than £215m in the last financial year.

On average these firms received £10,000 of public money for each booking.

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