This House of Commons Library briefing paper outlines the measures taken in England to support rough sleepers, and those at risk of rough sleeping, during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. It discusses the impact of these measures and stakeholder comment.
This is one of four new-style Estimates day debates scheduled for 26/27 February. The new style debate provides the House with an opportunity to explore and scrutinise in more detail MHCLG’s spending plans in relation to homelessness.
This follows recent reports by the National Audit Office and the Public Accounts Committee on homelessness:
- C&AG, Homelessness, Session 2017–2019, HC 308, 13 September 2017
- Committee of Public Accounts, Homeless households, Eleventh Report of Session 2017–19
MHCLG’s supplementary estimate 2017-18, explanatory memorandum gives details of budget changes proposed by MHCLG in this year’s supplementary estimate.
These include the following proposed changes in relation to homelessness funding:
- To reduce 2017-18 current spending on preventing homelessness from £265.8 million to £263.6 million
- To remove the £25 million of capital funding previously allocated for reducing homelessness, which will now not be spent in 2017-18.
Overall, in its supplementary estimate, MHCLG plans to increase its 2017-18 capital budget by £484 million, including a net extra £404 million for housing and planning. The budget for Help to Buy equity loans is set to rise by £1.6 billion (+ 95%), from £1.7 billion to £3.3 billion; while capital spending on other housing programmes will reduce by £1.2 billion (- 40% ), from £3.0 billion to £1.8 billion. As a result, around 2/3rds (65%) of MHCLG’s capital housing budget is expected to be spent on the Help to Buy scheme this year. Because Treasury is providing additional funding for Help to Buy, MHCLG will be allowed to carry forward £478 million of its 2017-18 capital funding for housing programmes into future years.
MHCLG also proposes an overall reduction of £470 million in its resource budget. £349 million is to be carried forward to future years.
Related Library Briefing Papers:
- Statutory Homelessness in England
- Local Authority Homelessness Statistics (England)
- Rough sleeping in England: Social Indicators page
- Households in temporary accommodation (England)
- Rough sleeping (England)
This briefing paper provides background information on the increase in the number of homeless households placed in temporary accommodation by English local authorities and outlines various initiatives and issues associated with the increased use of temporary accommodation. It includes statistics on households in temporary accommodation at the end of June 2020.
This briefing paper provides statistics on statutory homelessness in England and explains local authorities' duties to assist homeless households. The paper includes an overview of, and comment on, Government policy in this area. It also includes statistics on local authorities' activities for the period from April to June 2020, as well as statistics on homeless households' demographics and outcomes.