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Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Question (16 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: A strong society needs strong families. The Troubled Families Programme has been successful in improving outcomes for vulnerable families and driving progress towards intensive, integrated support services. That is why this government made a commitment in the Manifesto to continuing and improving the Troubled Families Programme. We are currently considering options for the design of a future...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Domestic Abuse (16 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: My Department has engaged extensively across government in taking forward the new duty on local authorities to provide support in safe accommodation, as set out in the Domestic Abuse Bill. As a new burden, it will be appropriately funded—the amount is a matter for the spending review—to ensure that local authorities are ready to provide the right support to victims. Last month, I...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Domestic Abuse (16 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank the hon. Lady for her point. She is right that any victim of domestic abuse needs that support in place, and the new duty in part 4 of the Bill will ensure that support is available to victims in a wide range of accommodation services and not just refuges. We recognise that more needs to be done to ensure adequate provision in the community is available, and that is why the Domestic...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Domestic Abuse (16 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: The hon. Lady raises an important point. A home should be a place of safety, and for those in abusive relationships, the situation she outlines is not acceptable. Domestic abuse is a heinous crime, and we are committed as a Government to ensuring that survivors get the support they need. I am monitoring the situation as we move through covid in regard to the demand for places, and that is...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Places of Worship: Covid-19 (16 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: We are grateful to our faith communities for their efforts in ensuring that their places of worship are as covid-secure as possible. However, the view of the scientific community, including the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, is that there is a greater risk of the virus spreading indoors and where people gather. Regrettably, this means that places of worship are currently closed...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Places of Worship: Covid-19 (16 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I do not underestimate the concern that this has caused for our religious communities, but the evidence from the scientific community, including SAGE, shows that the virus spreads quicker indoors and where people gather and interact. We are incredibly grateful to those who have taken part in the places of worship taskforce for their support and advice. We continue to call on their expertise...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Places of Worship: Covid-19 (16 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I have to disagree strongly with the hon. Lady’s assertion that the taskforce has not been consulted. It has been led by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. We have listened to the views of the community leaders and individuals around the table, and evidence has been shared. I can agree to her call for a weekly meeting, because the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Artificial Intelligence (13 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I refer the Hon Member to the answer given to PQ83796 on 10 September 2020.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Sleeping Rough: Crawley (13 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: On 18 July, we launched the Next Steps Accommodation Programme (NSAP). This makes available the financial resources needed to support local authorities and their partners to help prevent those accommodated during the pandemic from returning to the streets. On 17 September we announced NSAP allocations to local authorities to pay for immediate support. Crawley has been allocated £296,500 for...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Sleeping Rough: Coronavirus (12 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: The ‘Protect Programme’, the next step in the ongoing targeted support to protect some of the most vulnerable people in our communities from COVID-19, was announced by the Prime Minister on Thursday 5 November. A further £15 million will be provided to support the ongoing efforts to provide accommodation for rough sleepers during the pandemic, and is on top of the previously announced...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homelessness: Mental Health (12 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: We know that the causes of homelessness are multiple and complex and that this is not solely a housing issue. Many individuals experiencing homelessness have co-occurring mental health and substance misuse support needs. During the pandemic, we have worked closely with local authorities, local health partnerships and the homelessness sector to offer vulnerable people safe accommodation and...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Temporary Accommodation: Children (12 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: The Department does not currently publish information on the duration of households in temporary accommodation. Related published statistics can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tab les-on-homelessness

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homelessness: Pregnancy (12 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: In the quarter April – June 2020, national homelessness data shows that, of households assessed as unintentionally homeless and owed a main duty by priority need, the following numbers of households included a pregnant woman: 1. 10 in Coventry 2. 60 in the West Midlands 3. 480 in England The Homelessness Reduction Act, the most ambitious reform to homelessness legislation in decades, came...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Sleeping Rough: Coronavirus (12 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: The Government recently announced a new £10 million Cold Weather Fund to support councils in helping rough sleepers off the streets during the winter by assisting them in providing more self-contained accommodation. We have written to local authorities to set out how they can access the Cold Weather Fund. Applications should be made by 4 December. We have also announced a £15 million...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Leasehold: Reform (12 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: The Government is taking forward a comprehensive programme of reform to end unfair practices in the leasehold market. We are working with the Law Commission to make buying a freehold or extending a lease easier, quicker and cheaper, and to reinvigorate the Right to Manage to help empower leaseholders to take on management responsibilities for their properties if they wish to do so. The Law...

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

Kelly Tolhurst: As we look ahead to the winter months, it is vital that we work together to prevent increases in homelessness and rough sleeping. The Government have set out unprecedented support on this issue, dedicating over £700 million to tackling homelessness and rough sleeping this year alone. Our work on rough sleeping has been shown not only to be world leading but to have saved hundreds of lives....

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

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank the hon. Lady for her questions. I hope she recognises, and I think she did at the beginning, that this Government have put £700 million into homelessness and rough sleeping support this year alone. That is unprecedented support, and it is decisive action that this Government took in dealing with the covid crisis. Although I strongly object to the fact that many have returned to the...

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

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my hon. Friend for highlighting the wraparound services that organisations within local authorities provide to some of those individuals who are experiencing complex issues, such as substance misuse and mental health concerns. I am grateful that she highlighted the Housing First pilot projects, and we are encouraging and working with local authorities to get individuals who need such...

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

Kelly Tolhurst: I respect the hon. Gentleman’s comments, but he is completely incorrect in relation to this Government’s ongoing support for rough sleepers during the pandemic. We carried out an unprecedented and world-leading programme in Everyone In, we worked with local authorities constructively and intensively to develop programmes for the continuation of that support through Next Steps and Move On,...

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

Kelly Tolhurst: My hon. Friend is absolutely right: it is by the good practice of councils such as Rugby Borough Council and programmes of that nature that they are able to work with those families and individuals before there is a need for them to sleep rough or become homeless—it is prevention. We know that since we implemented the Homelessness Reduction Act, that has had a significant impact in many...


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