More than 2,000 foreign families are now living rent-free, official figures show.
The number of eastern Europeans housed by the state has almost tripled over four years, the data reveals.
The figure for all migrants unable to pay their way in the UK has doubled – leaving hard-pressed councils footing a £1.7million-a-month rent bill.
These shocking figures demonstrate the huge burden that uncontrolled immigration has added to our country’s limited housing stock
Concerns were raised last night at the growing pressure new migrants are putting on publicservices.
Ukip’s Tim Aker said: “These shocking figures demonstrate the huge burden that uncontrolled immigration has added to our country’s limited housing stock. Instead of giving free housing to families from the European Union, the British Government should be putting their own citizens to the front of the queue.
“Once again we see that the Coalition’s weak approach is simply a re-run of Labour’s disastrous tenure in office. Only Ukip says enough is enough and we would prioritise social housing for people with local links to the area.”
Peterborough’s Tory MP Stewart Jackson said: “This situation goes to the heart of the debate over repatriating powers from the EU to the UK.
“The Government needs to redouble its efforts to cut benefit tourism not just for health and welfare but housing too. Labour’s open-door migration policy has put local authorities in a difficult position. It is down to this Government to turn it around.”
Alp Mehmet of MigrationWatch UK said: “If poor people come here, one of the consequences is homelessness and the resulting cost. It’s not rocket science.
“These figures are another indicator of what happens when people come here at will without consideration of how they will maintain themselves and accommodate themselves.”
Statistics released by the Department for Communities and Local Government showed that in the first three months of this year councils across England gave emergency homes to 2,080 foreign households. Eastern Europeans account for 410 of those including 220 Poles.
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