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Homelessness grant funding confirmed

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The government has confirmed further funding to help councils prevent homelessness in their area.

The Homeless Prevention Grant, through which £80m a year has been paid to councils over the last two years, is to continue at the same level in 2013-14 and 2014-15.

Local authorities and the LGA had expected the funding to be repeated but now have the provisional distribution of the funding to individual councils. Individul allocations range from more than £8m for Westminster City Council to a minimum of £50,000 for smaller authorities.

Housing minster Grant Shapps also announced that a planned charity-run advice website and phone line would be available by Christmas.

He said: “I’m delighted that this December, StreetLink will offer a solution with members of the public able to ring a national helpline or use a website accessible by smart phone to help ensure someone sleeping rough can be found and connected to local services.

“And to ensure that we shore up the strongest safety net in the world, I can today confirm £160m funding right up to the end of this Parliament, giving councils the means to continue their strong work in preventing homelessness in the first place.”

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