Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Rising homelessness and benefit cuts pushing councils into the red

Over two-thirds of councils in England have overspent on homelessness services in the last year alone.

STAY CONNECTED

16,565FansLike
9,391FollowersFollow

Featured

Government ‘neglect’ pushing unpaid carers into poverty, exhaustion and total despair

'Exhausted' unpaid family carers demand better support from the social care system.

Tories reject petition signed by 120,000 people demanding fairer disability benefits

Petition calls for the £20 a week uplift to Universal Credit to be extended to legacy benefits.

DWP must allow disabled students to claim Universal Credit, court rules

Disabled student wins right to be considered for Universal Credit.

DWP apologises after publishing personal details of more than 6,000 disability claimants

DWP data breach is being investigated the Information Commissioner.

Call to end Universal Credit wait after huge surge in household debt and foodbank use

Tories urged to scrap the five week wait for Universal Credit and strengthen welfare protections.

Rising levels of homelessness and the increasing cost of placing families in temporary accommodation is having a devastating impact on council budgets, with over two-thirds of councils in England exceeding their homelessness budgets in the last year alone.

Figures compiled by the Local Government Association (LGA) show that 7 in 10 councils are having to spend more than they had budgeted for on homelessness services.

The LGA is warning that these vital services are being “pushed to breaking point” because of social housing shortages and cuts to housing benefits, leaving councils with no choice but to place more and more families in expensive temporary accommodation including bed and breakfasts.

- Advertisement -

Latest figures show that council spending in England on placing families in bed and breakfasts rose by more than a fifth in the last year, from £93.3 million in 2017/18 to £114.9 million in 2018/19. There are currently 7,110 homeless households in bed and breakfast accommodation in England – a 15-year high.

LGA analysis shows that 69.3% (226) of councils responsible for housing in England (326) exceeded their homelessness budgets in the last year.

Councils planned to spend a total of £502.7 million in 2018/19, but ended up overspending by a combined total of £140 million – almost a third more than they had budgeted for.

The LGA is calling on Government to allow councils to keep 100% of proceeds from Right To Buy to reinvest in new affordable homes.

They are also urging the Government to adapt welfare reforms to protect families at risk of becoming homeless, by restoring local housing allowance rates to cover at least the lowest third of market rents.

Cllr David Renard, the LGA’s housing spokesman, said: “Homelessness is a tragedy for every individual who experiences it and one of the most pressing issues facing councils and the Government.

- Advertisement -

“To reverse rising levels of homelessness, which represents huge human consequences and financial costs, the Government needs to invest in homelessness prevention.

“Councils want to work with government to be able to prevent homelessness before it happens, but as a result of unprecedented funding pressures, they are becoming increasingly limited in what they can do.

“We desperately need to be able to build more social housing to reduce the number of families being placed in temporary accommodation and bed and breakfasts.

“With adequate funding and powers, councils can boost efforts to prevent homelessness and get back to building the affordable homes the country needs.”

Others Are Reading...

Government ‘neglect’ pushing unpaid carers into poverty, exhaustion and total despair

'Exhausted' unpaid family carers demand better support from the social care system.

Tories reject petition signed by 120,000 people demanding fairer disability benefits

Petition calls for the £20 a week uplift to Universal Credit to be extended to legacy benefits.

Benefit payment dates over Christmas and New Year 2019-20

You may receive benefit payments early over Christmas and New Year. Check here to see if this applies to you and your family.

How to get a non-repayable £500 emergency coronavirus grant

The grant can be used to cover vital living costs such as food and bills.

This Labour leadership candidate may have fuelled the ‘hostile environment’ faced by benefit claimants

Keir Starmer's comments on benefit fraud in 2013 may have hardened public opinion of all benefit claimants.

DWP has no legal duty to safeguard vulnerable claimants, says Thérèse Coffey

DWP Secretary's comments described as "shameful" and "dangerous" by a leading disability charity.

What Benefits Are Being Devolved To Scotland?

Still wondering which social security benefits are being devolved to the Scottish Parliament? This may help.

Comments

Latest Posts

Government ‘neglect’ pushing unpaid carers into poverty, exhaustion and total despair

'Exhausted' unpaid family carers demand better support from the social care system.

Tories reject petition signed by 120,000 people demanding fairer disability benefits

Petition calls for the £20 a week uplift to Universal Credit to be extended to legacy benefits.

DWP must allow disabled students to claim Universal Credit, court rules

Disabled student wins right to be considered for Universal Credit.
- Advertisement -

Latest

Government ‘neglect’ pushing unpaid carers into poverty, exhaustion and total despair

'Exhausted' unpaid family carers demand better support from the social care system.

Tories reject petition signed by 120,000 people demanding fairer disability benefits

Petition calls for the £20 a week uplift to Universal Credit to be extended to legacy benefits.

DWP must allow disabled students to claim Universal Credit, court rules

Disabled student wins right to be considered for Universal Credit.

Poor hit by fallout of Covid driven into extreme hardship – but the rich get richer

Fears grow around the widening of social inequalities in the wake of the Covid pandemic.
- Advertisement -