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MK council seeks bids for a 4 month project to 1. Carry out an independent Review of Homelessness: as required by Section 1(a) of the Homelessness Act 2002; 2. Write & consult widely on a Response to Homelessness Strategy for Milton Keynes: as required by Section 1( of the Homelessness Act 2002. 4 months! Consultants leisurely (but diligently of course) knocking out a document that should really be called 'Milton Keynes Homelessness: a statement of the bleeding obvious!' This on the back of the last set of findings it published http://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/2014-15-jsna/draft-2014-15-jsna-life-in-milton-keynes/2014-15-draft-jsna-housing which concluded various things, including Around 1,000 people come to the Council for help with housing every month and there are only 100 social rent vacancies per month. The number of homeless households in housing need continues to rise. At the end of 2013/2014 the Council had accepted a full duty to 515 homeless households, compared to 84 in 2009/10; Families occasionally have to be housed on a temporary basis, (sometimes in out of town bed and breakfast hotels), causing immense disruption to education, employment and family life. At the end of 2013/14 there were 167 households in temporary accommodation, compared to 143 in 2010/11; At the end of 2013/14 there were 355 households in “Band 1” that were awaiting housing;[v] Average house prices in Milton Keynes are lower than the average for England and Wales. Average earnings are also higher. However many people cannot afford a deposit to get a mortgage and so they rent, which can be more expensive than mortgage repayments. Life time tenancies mean that some people may be in social housing who no longer have a need whilst others cannot afford private rents still, the council has done a lot to sort it out...A key measure to tackle homelessness has been the purchase of 33 homes ...