Homelessness: Coronavirus

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 11th January 2021.

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Photo of Neil Coyle Neil Coyle Labour, Bermondsey and Old Southwark

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many homeless people accommodated under the Everyone In scheme are not being funded by the Government as a result of No Recourse to Public Funds restrictions.

Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Throughout the pandemic, we have worked closely with local authorities and the sector to offer vulnerable people safe accommodation and support. That work is ongoing and by September, we had successfully supported over?29,000 people, with 10,000 still in emergency accommodation and over 19,000 provided with settled accommodation or move on support.? These efforts have been backed by significant Government support,?including?over £4.6 billion in?unringfenced?grants.

The rules as to eligibility relating to immigration status, including for those with No Recourse to Public Funds, have not changed. This has been the case throughout the response to the Covid-19 pandemic and continues to be so.

Local authorities must use their judgement in assessing what support they may lawfully give to each person on an individual basis, considering that person’s specific circumstances and support needs.

The data and breakdown requested is currently not available.

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