Temporary Accommodation: Nottingham

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Alan Simpson Alan Simpson Labour, Nottingham South

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much Nottingham city council spent on temporary accommodation in each of the last five years.

Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning)

Nottingham city council, like all local authorities, receives homelessness grant funding to tackle and prevent all form of homelessness. However, the funding is not ring fenced and it is for councils to determine how the funding is used to support their homelessness strategy. The Department, therefore, does not keep a record of the amount of money spent on specific elements such as temporary accommodation. The funding that Nottingham city council has received from the Department to tackle homelessness is set out in the following table:

Homelessness grant (revenue) to Nottingham over the past five years
2006-07 362,000
2005-06 350,000
2004-05 400,000
2003-04 506,435
2002-03 375,002
Total 1,993,437

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Posted on 6 Mar 2007 11:57 pm (Report this annotation)

Interesting figures...does it cost less to house homeless people now than it did a few years ago?

Mark Bestford
Posted on 7 Mar 2007 12:14 am (Report this annotation)

I doubt it...

One of the government targets for tackling homelessness is to halve the number of families in temporary accomodation. The spin the government has put on that is that if you halve the number of people in temporary accomodation you increase the number of people in permanent accomodation. However it doesn't take a genius to realise that you can halve the number of people in temporary accomodation by simply shutting half the hostels. The government are then able to bleat that they're making their targets while actually forcing more families to remain homeless. Nowhere do they track the actual number of people who ARE homeless, only the number of people who are no longer homeless.