NO ONE who presented as homeless in West Dunbartonshire during the last year was placed into bed and breakfast accommodation.

The council has largely managed to avoid using B&Bs in recent years with no one being placed into one in 2017/2018.

Just six people used B&B accommodation the previous year (2016/2017), according to the council’s recent Home at the Heart report.

Only three households used a B&B in an emergency in 2016/17 for a combined total of 18 days.

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This figure has reduced from 26.8 people using B&B accommodation in 2013/14, and 13 people being placed into a B&B in 2014/15.

At a recent housing and communities committee meeting, Labour councillor David McBride said: “I think we were the first council to do away with bed and breakfast accommodation. It will only be used in emergencies.”

John Kerr, housing development and homelessness manager, said: “We don’t use B&B’s as a rule and when we do it’s only for a night or two maximum if there is no other option.”