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Homelessness

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 20th January 2014.

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Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Labour, Westminster North

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

(1) how much each London local authority spent on homelessness in each year since 2009-10;

(2) what estimate he has made of the gross expenditure by local authorities on homelessness in each English region in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13;

(3) what estimate he has made of the gross cost to local authorities in each English region of temporary accommodation in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13;

(4) what estimate he has made of the likely gross cost to local authorities in each English region of (a) homelessness and (b) temporary accommodation in 2013-14;

(5) what the gross expenditure was in each London local authority from the General Fund on homelessness in each year from 2009-10 to 2012-13;

(6) what the gross expenditure was in each London local authority on temporary accommodation in each year from 2009-10 to 2012-13.

Photo of Kris Hopkins Kris Hopkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Figures showing local authority expenditure on homelessness and temporary accommodation can be found online:

2009-10 outturn:

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20121108165934/http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/statistics/xls/2031752.xls

2010-11 outturn:

https://www.gov.uk.government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/16450/Revenue_Outturn_RO4_data_2010-11_by_LA_-_27-Nov-2012-v2.xls

2011-12 outturn:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/244494/Revenue_Outturn__RO4__data_2011-12_by_LA_-_24-Sep-2013.xls

2012-13 outturn:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/261816/Revenue_Outturn_RO4_data_2012-13_by_LA_-_28-Nov-2013.xls

My Department does not produce statistics by the former Government office regions.

Net current expenditure on homelessness by local authorities in England was £298 million in 2009-10, £343 million in 2010-11, £305 million in 2011-12 and £342 million in 2012-13. This covers expenditure on temporary accommodation, homelessness prevention, homelessness support and administration.

Homelessness is lower now than in 27 of the last 30 years. We have retained a strong homelessness safety net protected in law, supported by £470 million of funding (over and above general grant to local authorities) in the current spending review to prevent and tackle homelessness, rough sleeping and repossessions.

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