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