(1) how much was given to local authorities for tackling homelessness in each of the last five years;
(2) what steps are being taken against local authorities who fail to meet departmental targets on reducing (a) homelessness and (b) the number of families residing in bed-and-breakfast accommodation;
(3) how many rough sleepers there were in Chorley borough in the latest period for which figures are available;
(4) how much was allocated to Chorley borough council for tackling homelessness in each of the last five years; and how that funding has been spent.
Revenue funding for local authority homelessness services is principally provided through revenue support grant which is unhypothecated. The Government additionally provide "homelessness grants" to support local housing authorities' strategies for tackling and preventing homelessness, including rough sleeping. Homelessness grants are also paid to support voluntary sector organisations tackling homelessness.
The following table shows total allocations of homelessness grant, and allocations to Chorley borough council for each of the five years from 2003-04 to 2007-08.
|Homelessness grant for local authorities and voluntary sector (£m)||Homelessness grant for Chorley borough council (£000)|
In addition, £90 million capital funding has been made available to local authorities in 2005-08 to improve hostels and day centres used by rough sleepers, to increase skills and training and to raise aspirations. A further £70 million capital funding is being made available in 2008-11 to build on the success of improving hostels and day centres.
Chorley borough council carried out a rough sleeping count on
We set a target for local authorities to end the use of B&B accommodation for families with children for more than six weeks under the homelessness legislation. This target was achieved by
Local authorities are on track to meet our challenging target of halving the number of households living in temporary accommodation provided under the homelessness legislation (down to 50,500) by 2010.
In cases where local authorities may be experiencing difficulties in tackling homelessness and meeting the Government's temporary accommodation target, this Department has a team of specialist homelessness advisers available to provide support and guidance.