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Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: You will have to excuse me, Mr Speaker; I fell down the stairs yesterday, so I am struggling to do the bobbing up and down. My hon. Friend is absolutely right. I would like to praise the work of Dorset Council, which has been able to continue to reduce rough sleeping. We hope that we will be able to share information with colleagues in other areas to ensure that, where there is great practice...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I will happily meet the hon. Lady to discuss that. She has highlighted an issue that affects not only people sleeping rough but those who are at threat of being made homeless. It transcends the two categories, so I would be happy to discuss it further.

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: The Government are investing more than £150 million in permanent accommodation, delivering 3,300 units, to give an asset to the country that will provide properties for individuals who are sleeping rough and who are then able to come into the system. That is an amazing step forward. It is the biggest investment in this kind of housing since the early ’90s, and I thank my hon. Friend for...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: As I have already outlined, those who have no recourse to public funds do work with local authorities. Local authorities already assess those individuals who are in need and make decisions on whether they can lawfully provide support within that area and for those individuals’ needs. It is simply not true to say that we will be removing individuals on the grounds that they are sleeping...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my hon. Friend and, yes, I totally will. I have already met Andy Street to discuss the issues within the area. I am very grateful for the work that he and others have been leading, such as Jean Templeton from Saint Basils, who has been doing a tremendous job up there, and for the leadership of young people in that area. I look forward to continuing to work with all parts of the...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: Actually, I thank the hon. Gentleman for raising the issue in his constituency. It is true, and I am sure I speak for everyone across the House, that every one of us really feels sadness and regret when we see any individual sleeping rough in a tent, a box or whatever. It is just not satisfactory. That is why this Government have committed to ending rough sleeping, and why we have put in this...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my hon. Friend and I am glad that we were able to allocate funding to Buckinghamshire to deliver on those programmes. At the moment—this is our first tranche, obviously—we are delivering 3,300 homes by the end of March 2021 and that is within our commitment to deliver over 6,000. We will continue to work, as I keep repeating—I am sorry, Mr Speaker—with local authorities,...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his very kind comments about me. I always find him to be very compassionate as well. He makes a valid point about the impact that homelessness and poverty can have on young children and particularly children who are leaving care. This is an area that I personally am very passionate about—young people and care leavers. It is true to say that this Government are...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my hon. Friend for the work that she has done in this area and the passion that she has in working with me and the Department to tackle this issue. She is absolutely right. It is so important that we are working with local authorities and that money is going to organisations to develop programmes to help with prevention, to deliver support and to provide the mentoring that is so...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: The rules on eligibility to immigration status have not changed, including those on no recourse to public funds. It is down to local authorities to use their judgment in assessing the support that they can lawfully give to the individuals. This does already happen. We were very clear to local authorities in May that, under Next Steps, they were to carry out individual assessments of people...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my hon. Friend for his question. I will use my position to make sure that that money is being targeted at and provided in the areas where it is actually needed. This funding and this package is all about being able to target work intensively with local authorities. This is an offer to all Members who have a particular issue at a local level. I am always happy to take that up with...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank the hon. Lady for her question, and I am always happy to meet her to discuss particular issues affecting her area and to listen to ideas that Members think may or may not work in their local setting, but I have to reiterate that London has had significant support with the Next Steps accommodation. The exact focus of that is to move those individuals out of temporary emergency...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my hon. Friend, and I happily pass on my thanks to the charities and the organisation in her constituency, Leslie’s Care Packages, for the work they have been doing throughout the pandemic. Again, I extend my thanks to all in the charitable sector and the voluntary sector, who have done such a lot of work in this area, working constructively with the Government and local authorities...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: The hon. Lady will know that part of our follow-on from the Everyone In programme—it is still ongoing and has not stopped—is the Next Steps funding, which delivers exactly what she is asking. It is providing not only funding for local authorities to deliver that next stage, Move On accommodation, but £150 million of investment in permanent accommodation —the largest investment in...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The investment we are making as a Government in long-term secure homes is so important. That is what the Secretary of State and I are driving to achieve, within the realms of the funding, and we are seeing delivery across the country. We are committed to working with local authorities, including Cornwall, to understand the specific challenges. As I have...

Supported Accommodation: HMOs (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Efford. I thank the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Steve McCabe) for securing the debate; it has touched on issues that are of deep concern to me as a relatively new Minister in the post. I have taken a keen interest in how we can ensure that there is the right of supply of supported housing for people who need it, and that the...

Supported Accommodation: HMOs (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: Absolutely. I will be looking at all the options that are available. There is a fine balancing act when it comes to decisions or regulations that we make. However, the hon. Gentleman will know of one of the pieces of work that we have already initiated—the £3.1 million of funding for five local authority areas to test approaches to improving quality and oversight in the housing sector....

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Service Charges (10 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: The Government believes very strongly that service charges should be transparent and communicated effectively, and that there should be a clear route to challenge or redress if things go wrong.??The law is clear that service charges must be reasonable and, where costs relate to work or services, the work or services must be of a reasonable standard. Disputes may be resolved informally...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Sleeping Rough: Harlow (10 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: In 2020/21, we are providing over £700 million to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping across England. Harlow has so far been allocated £411,718 through rough sleeping programmes in 2020/21:£328,435 through the Rough Sleeping Initiative;£1,650 from the COVID-19 Emergency Rough Sleeping Fund; and£81,633 from the short-term portion of the Next Steps Accommodation Programme. Harlow has...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Empty Property: Shops (9 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: This Government is?fully?committed to supporting the businesses and communities that make our high streets and town centres successful as the nation responds to the?impacts of the Covid-19 outbreak. Since March,?the Government has implemented a range of measures to support commercial property tenants, and help prevent further empty shops. The objective of these measures is to preserve...


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