SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE COUNCIL are looking at plans to invest in their own accommodation for homeless people across the area.

The council has a duty to house homeless people in emergency accommodation, this move continues to put a strain on resources and funding.

Bed and Breakfasts are what the council is heavily reliant upon as the main accommodation for homeless people.

This is being reviewed by SGC as they look to cut their budget by a further £18 million over the coming year.

Kim Mylchreest, the council’s HomeChoice services manager has suggested that the organisation will look at providing different forms of accommodation themselves.

"The council could look at cabins," she said.

"Prefabricated or flat-pack structures that can be manufactured off-site for delivery and installation.

Ms Mylchreest, put together a report that indicated that there was scope for big savings to be made by the council.

Her report said the weekly cost of a B&B is £36.40, a cabin however could generate income of £148.20. These numbers would mean that if the council bought 10 cabins it could bring in £96,000 a year.

In the first quarter of 2018 there were 55 admissions into emergency accommodation as opposed to 66 from the same period the year before.

The council reviewed the report at a scrutiny meeting on July 25, however no decision was made.

A spokesman for South Gloucestershire Council did however detail that the 'potential' for this project will be reviewed.

"The report was considered by the Scrutiny Commission on 25 July and the recommendations will be reviewed in the coming weeks," he said.

Shelter, a charity which campaigns to end homelessness in the UK have been contacted regarding a comment on the potential accommodation.