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Private Rented Housing

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 20th March 2017.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Labour, East Ham

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Help to Rent schemes piloted by his Department in 2010 to 2014.

Photo of Gavin Barwell Gavin Barwell Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Housing, Planning and London)

Holding answer received on 16 March 2017

Access to the private rented sector plays an important part in both preventing and supporting the recovery from homelessness, helping people to rebuild their lives.

The Government made a significant investment of nearly £12 million from 2010 to 2014 for Crisis to develop their Access to Private Rented Sector scheme to help people in need to access accommodation.

This supported 153 projects in 144 council areas. The projects created 8,128 tenancies and achieved a 90 per cent tenancy sustainment rate.

In 2014, the Government provided a further £2 million funding to keep the scheme running for another two years, supporting an additional 42 projects. This led to 2,454 tenancies with a 92 per cent tenancy sustainment rate.

The Government is now taking forward a £50 million Homelessness Prevention Programme and Bob Blackman MP's Homelessness Reduction Bill which will provide earlier support for more people to prevent and tackle homelessness across the country.

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