receive a share of £60m in 2004/05 to support them in tackling
homelessness more effectively, homelessness minister Jeff Rooker
Councils throughout England will receive around £45m from the ODPM,
to support the continued implementation of their homelessness
Voluntary organisations funded directly by ODPM will also benefit,
receiving around £15m to support their work with homeless people.
Speaking at the Association of London Government's homelessness
conference today, Jeff Rooker said: 'This funding is good news for
local authorities and the voluntary sector and demonstrates our
continued commitment to tackling and preventing homelessness. The
additional resources will support local authorities in delivering
their homelessness strategies which they had to publish for the first
time this year.
'The funding will also help to ensure that local authorities do not
use bed and breakfast hotels for homeless families with children and
will sustain achievements in reducing levels of rough sleeping.'
Latest homelessness statistics published today show that the number
of homeless families with children living in B&B accommodation for
more than six weeks has continued to fall and in September was 1,590
compared with 1,980 in June.
The figures, which cover July to September 2003, also show that the
total number of families with children in B&B accommodation at the
end of September was 3,190 - a fall of 14 per cent since June.
Jeff Rooker continued: 'As expected, the latest statistics show that
we are tackling two of the worst manifestations of homelessness
effectively - we are on target to ensure that no homeless family with
children has to live in B&B, and we are successfully sustaining the
rough sleeping target, which was met two years ago.
'However, as we predicted, overall levels of homelessness are
increasing. Local authorities' homelessness reviews and strategies
help to explain at a local level the reasons for the increases and
their plans for addressing them.
'Local authorities now need to ensure that they deliver these plans
efficiently and effectively and the money I am announcing today
supports them in this work.'
Twenty-one of London's 33 boroughs have ended, or are close to
ending, the use of B&B for families with children. Nearly 80 per cent
of local authorities across the country have met, or are very close
to meeting, the April 2004 target early.
Welcoming the local government funding, Tony Newman, chair of housing
for the Association of London Government, said: 'London boroughs have
reduced the number of families with children in B&B for more than six
weeks by 73 per cent in the last year.
'The funding announced today will go towards helping boroughs make
the use of B&Bs a thing of the past.
'There is still a lot to be done to reduce the reliance of B&B, and
to tackle the rising numbers living in other forms of temporary
1. London councils have taken innovative approaches to tackling
homelessness, increasing the supply of affordable homes and reducing
the use of B&B accommodation. Case studies are available here.
2. The Government is committed to helping local authorities ensure
that by March 2004 no homeless families with children will be in B&B
other than in an emergency, and even then for no more than six weeks.
'More than a roof', outlines the Government's approach to preventing
and tackling homelessness which can be found here.
3. The ODPM is also today publishing a policy briefing on the causes
and prevention of repeat homelessness. This can be found here.
4. Latest statistics relating to homelessness in England indicate
that as of September 2003, 93,930 households were in accommodation
arranged by local authorities. This is an increase of 10 per cent on
the previous year. Included in this figure are 3,190 families with
children living in B&B hotels. This can be found here.
5. The 'Reducing B&B use and tackling homelessness' handbook outlines
measures that local authorities have highlighted as successful in
reducing B&B use for families with children. This can be found here.