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Government announce new “Flexible Homelessness Support Grant” 16/03/2017

The government has announced a new "Flexible Homelessness Support Grant" to replace the tightly controlled funding currently given to source and manage temporary accommodation for the homeless.


Communities Minister, Marcus Jones, claims the government is transforming the way councils are funded to provide homelessness services, giving councils greater flexibility to prioritise homelessness prevention.


Under the existing arrangements funding can only be used for expensive intervention, for example, when a household is already homeless, rather than on preventing this happening in the first place. The new grant will provide councils with greater freedom to support the full range of homelessness services, including, the Minister says, employing a homelessness prevention or tenancy support officer to work closely with people who are at risk of losing their homes.


The former Chancellor, George Osborne, announced at the Autumn Statement 2015, that the Department for Work and Pensions' temporary accommodation management fee would be replaced by a Department for Communities and Local Government grant from April 2017.


The new flexible homelessness support grant will come in from 1 April 2017. It is based on a completely new funding model so resources are directed to the areas with the greatest need and which the government claim will allow councils to plan their homelessness services with certainty.


The funding allocated for the two years from 2017 to 2018 is £186 million and £191 million. A further £25 million has been set aside for London boroughs to work together to provide accommodation for homeless families in the capital.


See how your council has fared in the allocations for the new grant.

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