Private Rented Housing: Finance

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 25th November 2021.

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Photo of Lucy Powell Lucy Powell Shadow Secretary of State for Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the announcement of a £65 million support package for vulnerable renters on 23 October 2021, what the eligibility criteria will be for a private renter to access support from that fund.

Photo of Lucy Powell Lucy Powell Shadow Secretary of State for Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department plans to take to measure the (a) impact and (b) success of the £65 million support package for vulnerable renters announced on 23 October 2021.

Photo of Lucy Powell Lucy Powell Shadow Secretary of State for Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he plans to publish details on the way in which each local authority spends funds allocated from the £65 million support package for vulnerable renters announced on 23 October 2021.

Photo of Eddie Hughes Eddie Hughes Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

The Government announced a £65 million top up to the Homelessness Prevention Grant in October to help vulnerable renters hit hardest by the pandemic from becoming homeless.

This funding is available for local authorities to support those eligible for statutory homelessness assistance. As with the existing Homelessness Prevention Grant, local authorities have flexibility to use this funding in the most appropriate way to meet local pressures.

The Government publishes statutory homelessness statistics quarterly which provides information about statutory homelessness applications, including those cases following eviction from the private rented sector. The data is available at a national and local authority level and can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/homelessness-statistics#live-tables

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