Homelessness: Finance

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered at on 13 November 2023.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Chair, Work and Pensions Committee, Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has made an assessment of the potential impact of increasing Homeless Prevention Grant funding for local authorities before 2025 on the number of homelessness individuals.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Chair, Work and Pensions Committee, Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he plans to produce a cross-departmental strategy to reduce the number of households living in temporary accommodation.

Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has had discussions with (a) local communities and (b) homeless support organisations on steps to increase accommodation for people that are homeless.

Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the measures available to local authorities to help reduce the number of people that are street homeless.

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, with reference to his Department's press release of 3 September 2022, entitled Rough sleepers helped to rebuild their lives with new strategy backed by £2bn government support, what proportion of that funding has (a) been allocated for tackling rough sleeping and homelessness and (b) not been allocated.

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

At the last Spending Review, the department was allocated over £2 billion to help tackle homelessness and rough sleeping. We have allocated the vast majority of this funding across our core programmes.

We are providing over £1 billion through the Homelessness Prevention Grant over three years, including a £109 million top-up this year. Temporary accommodation is an important way of ensuring no family is without a roof over their head. The Government is committed to reducing the need for temporary accommodation by preventing homelessness before it occurs in the first place.

The department continues to work with local authorities and partners in the voluntary and community sector to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping, including to assess the effectiveness of our interventions on homelessness and rough sleeping.

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