£65m fund to tackle homelessness
- 11 Jun
The government has announced that £65m will be delivered to councils and other organisations to tackle homelessness.
The government says it has increased spending on preventing homelessness and "as a result homeless acceptances are lower than in 27 of the last 30 years." However, the government's own statistics highlight that homelessness has risen by 25% since 2010 when the coalition government came into power, reports Inside Housing.
This new funding will be invested across five programmes which will include £8m to tackle single homelessness, £15m to a scheme for young homeless people and £41.5m for temporary hostel accommodation for rough sleepers.
The number of families and household who are accepted as homeless has risen by over 11,000 in the last four years.
Kris Hopkins, housing minister, said: "People at risk of homelessness need more than just a roof over their head. They also need help with their education, employment and health so they have the right skills, confidence and opportunities to succeed. That's why this government has increased spending on preventing homelessness and why we've worked hard to ensure that homelessness acceptances are now lower than in 27 of the last 30 years."
Stephen Williams, communities minister, said: "This government is determined to protect the most vulnerable people in our communities and give them the help they need to get their lives back on track. Whether through accommodation, education or employment, this package of support will provide homeless people with a fair chance to make a fresh start and succeed in life."
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