Spending Review's narrow focus on rough sleeping will not end homelessness
In yesterday’s Spending Review, the Chancellor announced an additional £151 million to help end rough sleeping in England, taking total funding for 2021-22 to £250 million.
In Homeless Link’s Spending Review submission and letter to the Chancellor (18 November), we called upon the Government to invest to eliminate homelessness. Key asks included:
- Investing an additional £1 billion to prevent and end homelessness;
- Removing the benefit cap in areas of high affordability pressures, and adjusting levels in line with Minimum Income Standard;
- Maintaining the Local Housing Allowance Rate to cover at least the 30th percentile of local rents beyond 2021-22;
- Retaining the £20/week Universal Credit uplift, and extending this to legacy benefits;
- Funding 90,000 new social homes in England each year to 2023, as recommended by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee.
While we welcome the measures laid out in the Review, we believe that these do not go far enough and focus too narrowly on tackling rough sleeping at crisis point.
Rick Henderson, Chief Executive of Homeless Link, yesterday commented:
“While we commend the additional investment to help alleviate rough sleeping, we are concerned that the Spending Review falls short of ensuring that we are able to fulfil the ambition of preventing and ending homelessness in all its forms. In failing to prioritise the issue with fully funded, sustainable services and a welfare safety net that works for everyone, we risk allowing the progress made during the first national lockdown to slip away, as a growing number of people are pushed into homelessness.
“We urge the Government to commit to taking a longer term preventative approach. A few additional measures, including retention of the £20 per week Universal Credit uplift and an extension of this to legacy benefits, will prevent thousands of people from losing their homes in the first place, putting us on much firmer footing for eliminating homelessness for good.”
Latest News from
Board Elections 202209/08/2022 15:40:00
Homeless Link’s vision is a country free of homelessness. We believe everyone should have a place to call home and the support needed to keep it. We develop, inspire, support and sustain a movement of member organisations, working together to achieve positive futures for people who are homeless or vulnerably housed.
A new Government review is seeking to understand the experiences of LGBTQ Veterans08/08/2022 15:20:00
Lee Buss Blair, a Director of Riverside Housing, talks about his own personal experience of being gay in the military and how this can lead to veterans facing homelessness.
Homeless Link and Caritas Anchor House meet with Stephen Timms MP03/08/2022 09:15:00
Homeless Link's Head of Policy and Research Sophie Boobis, together with CEO of Caritas Anchor House Amanda Dubarry, met with the Labour MP for East Ham Stephen Timms on Friday 29 July.
New member: The Good Economy02/08/2022 12:05:00
We're delighted to welcome The Good Economy as a new member of Homeless Link!
Update on Leicester’s Respite Rooms Project01/08/2022 15:20:00
Having recently passed its halfway point, Leicester’s Respite Rooms project is in high demand and is on track to meet its target of supporting 80-100 women by September 2022.
Homeless Link labels new statistics showing no fault evictions increased by 142% on the previous year as "extremely worrying"29/07/2022 15:20:00
The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities yesterday released the Statutory Homelessness statistics for January to March 2022.
Will the turbulence in Westminster scupper promised rental reform?27/07/2022 11:05:00
When the Government released its ‘A fairer private rented sector’ White Paper in June, there was a sense across the housing and homelessness sector that this was a real step forward for the 4.4 million people privately renting in England.
DLUHC announces new Night Shelter Transformation Fund working with Homeless Link and Housing Justice27/07/2022 09:25:00
The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has announced a new Night Shelter Transformation Fund of up to £10million in grants. The Night Shelter Transformation Fund is administered by DLUHC, working in partnership with Homeless Link and Housing Justice who will provide support to prospective applicants and grant holders.
‘Where do you go? There’s nowhere’: Developing safe accommodation options for domestic abuse survivors21/07/2022 09:15:00
As Fulfilling Lives South East closes it's doors, Systems Change Project Assistant Emily Page shares insights from their projects addressing the lack of access to safe accommodation for domestic abuse survivors with multiple and complex needs.