scoop.co.nz 18 Mar, 2021 18:30 am

Emergency Motels Have Taxpayers Over A Barrel

Emergency Motels Have Taxpayers Over A Barrel
Labour’s lack of solutions to the housing shortage has seen the Government fork out millions in emergency housing grants to some motels and hotels, which are raking it in at the expense of taxpayers. New figures released to National show the ten ...

Scoop i Parliament Emergency Motels Have Taxpayers Over A Barrel Labour’s lack of solutions to the housing shortage has seen the Government fork out millions in emergency housing grants to some motels and hotels, which are raking it in at the expense of taxpayers.New figures released to National show the ten highest-paid emergency housing providers – a mix of hotels, motels and motor lodges – were paid more than $40 million in grants in 2020.National’s Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis says the Government is relying too much on using hotels and motels as emergency housing, which has seen the owners of these establishments charge prices as high as $440 a night.“Using motels as emergency housing was only ever meant to be a short-term fix, but under Labour it has become the solution.

” The cost of emergency housing has spiralled out of control under the Labour Government, which is now spending more than $1 million per day on hotels and motels, Ms Willis says.“It’s not a good use of taxpayers’ money and it’s not good for the people being forced to live in motels without the support services many of them need,” Ms Willis says.

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