David Mackintosh MP has welcomed radical new measures announced in the House of Commons to help tackle homelessness and ensure there is a strong safety net in place for the most vulnerable people in society.
- maintaining and protecting homelessness prevention funding for local authorities, through the provisional local government finance settlement totalling £315 million by 2019 to 2020.
- increasing central government funding for homelessness programmes to £139 million over the Spending Review period
- a commitment to work with homelessness organisations and across departments to consider options, including legislation, to prevent more people from becoming homeless
- £40 million from the Department of Health to refurbish hostels and provide low cost shared accommodation for young people at risk of homelessness
- £30 million extra to councils to give them more control and flexibility over homelessness budgets by devolving the funding for managing temporary accommodation from 2017 to 2018
- a £5 million fund to the 25 local authorities facing the greatest pressures in moving people out of temporary accommodation and into a settled home
David Mackintosh, who sits on the Communities and Local Government Select Committee in Parliament which oversees homelessness and who is a Patron of The Hope Centre in Northampton, said: “I am pleased that the Government are committed to helping the most vulnerable people in our society.
“The protection of the Homelessness Prevention Grant in the Local Government Finance Settlement shows a continued commitment to tackling homelessness and I am pleased the Ministers listened to my representations about this.”
Earlier this week David visited the headquarters of national homelessness charity, Crisis, to see for himself the work needed to help homeless people in London and other parts of the country.