Homelessness prevention and housing options services are now standard practice for local authorities. This is in recognition of the cost effectiveness and benefits for households of preventing homelessness whenever possible. Effective prevention measures include support to access private rented housing, family mediation and debt advice. Options offered will depend on local circumstances and priorities. Local action to prevent homelessness among single people plays an important role in preventing rough sleeping.
We have announced Preventing Homelessness Grant allocations of £81.5 million each year for local authorities in 2011-12 and 2012-13. This is part of our commitment to maintain the level of investment in homelessness grant for local authorities and the voluntary sector, with provision of £400 million in total over the next four years.