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Homelessness reduction funding allocations announced

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The government has published its allocation of funding to councils to carry out new duties to prevent families and individuals becoming homeless.

An extra £11.7m funding has been made available to local authorities taking the total amount available in new burdens funding for the Homelessness Reduction Act to almost £73m. 

The money is being shared among councils over two years. To see each council’s funding, click here.

Region New Burdens AllocationProportion of total funding
East of England £7.2m 10%
East Midlands £3.6m 5%
London £30.2m 42%
North East £2m 3%
North West £4.5m 6%
South East £10.1m 14%
South West £5.3m 7%
West Midlands £6.1m 8%
Yorkshire and Humber £3.7m 5%

Another £3m is to be used to help upgrade data systems so councils can keep better information on people who are homeless in their areas.

The Department for Communities & Local Government has also published guidance setting out how councils should implement the Homelessness Reduction Act, which is due to come into effect in April 2018. A consultation on the contents of that is to run until 11 December.

The legislation requires councils to provide services to all of those at risk of becoming homeless, on top of those with a priority need such as families with children and those who are vulnerable.

Local government minister Marcus Jones, who holds the homelessness brief, said: “Tackling homelessness and rough sleeping are complex issues with no single solution, but this government is determined to help the most vulnerable in society. That’s why we’re implementing the most ambitious legislative reform in decades, the Homelessness Reduction Act.

“Local authorities play a vital role in implementing the act. Therefore the guidance and government funding will support them in making sure people will get the help they need earlier to prevent them becoming homeless in the first place.”

LGC reported last month how council chief executives and senior officers have major doubts the legislation will have the impact the government thinks it will.

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