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18/01/2017

£48m for councils to tackle homelessness

Words: Laura Edgar
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Local government minister Marcus Jones has announced that councils are to receive an additional £48 million in funding to help them deliver new and expanded services to prevent and reduce homelessness.

The funding will be available to councils in England and is aimed at meeting the costs of the Homelessness Reduction Private Members’ Bill, which is being sponsored by Bob Blackman, MP for Harrow East.

The bill seeks to ensure that anyone at risk of losing their home will get the help they need more quickly.

Local authorities will be required to help all eligible people for 56 days before they are threatened with homelessness.

Those who are already homeless will get support for a further 56 days to help them secure accommodation.

Communities secretary Sajid Javid said he is committed to preventing homelessness and the £48 million in support of the bill “will allow councils to make real changes in the way they help vulnerable people”.

Local government minister Marcus Jones added: “We’re determined to make sure anyone facing the threat of homelessness gets the support they need. That’s why we’re supporting Bob Blackman’s Homelessness Reduction Bill, which will help strengthen the safety net for people who find themselves at risk of losing their homes.

“Councils asked for extra funds to help bring in the changes and we’ve listened, with an extra £48 million so they can hit the ground running.”

Blackman said: “Should my bill succeed there will inevitably be a transitional period as councils begin to manage their new duties and I believe this support will give them the best possible head start to improve outcomes long term.”

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