Police forces need to tackle crime in line with local priorities and there is no simple link between homelessness and crime. From November 2012 the election of police and crime commissioners will help drive down crime by making policing more accountable and responsive to local needs and concerns. Police.uk now provides the public with street-level information about crime to enable them to hold local policing teams to account. The Government have swept away central targets and are cutting bureaucracy to help free police officers to cut crime. At a national level, the creation of the National Crime Agency will make the UK a hostile environment for serious and organised criminality.
The Government have maintained funding for the Homelessness Grant at 2010-11 levels with £400 million over the next four years, and announced an additional £70 million investment this year which will: protect vital front line services; enable local authorities to intervene earlier and help people stay in their homes; ensure single homeless people get access to good housing advice; and deliver improved hostel provision.