Homelessness: Young People

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 20 September 2023.

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Photo of Mike Amesbury Mike Amesbury Shadow Minister (Levelling Up, Housing, Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps the Government is taking to improve routes into sustainable employment for young people experiencing homelessness.

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

This Government is clear that employment improves the accommodation prospects for young people experiencing homelessness.

In the 'Ending Rough Sleeping Strategy' published last year, we committed to improving the employment support available through enhancing the employment and training schemes funded through DLUHC programmes such as the Rough Sleeping Initiative and refreshing the jobcentre offer through best practice and networks of homelessness leads.

We are also working with businesses to help people experiencing homelessness in the workplace, last week we launched the Homelessness Covenant for Employers with DWP and Crisis to support businesses to provide jobs and training opportunities for people experiencing homelessness or those at risk of it, and to adopt fairer employment and recruitment policies and practices. I encourage businesses to sign up to this.

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