Latest Public Sector News

10.06.13

£1.8m funding for homelessness initiative

The 15 councils responsible for placing the most families in bed and breakfast accommodation are being encouraged to bid for cash from a £1.8m Government fund to test new solutions.

Nearly 80% of the 760 families placed in such lodgings for longer than six weeks come from Barking and Dagenham, Birmingham, Brent, Crawley, Croydon, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Milton Keynes, Redbridge, Reigate and Banstead, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, and Westminster.

Housing minister Mark Prisk wants these local authorities to adopt a ‘Gold Standard’ approach to homelessness and learn from best practice across the country. The Gold Standard is a commitment to prevent homelessness and includes a challenge to reduce the use of temporary accommodation such as B&Bs becoming a long-term solution. Locally--led schemes to achieve the Gold Standard began this April.

Government statistics show 75% of councils are keeping local families out of bed and breakfasts altogether. The £1.8m will allow those struggling to test new solutions and learn from other areas. Half of the funding will be provided upfront, with the remainder delivered upon success.

Prisk said: “There’s a huge variation in how councils help the homeless, especially when it comes to finding them a stable home.

“Some councils are already doing great work but it’s clear we need to spread this best practice across all councils. By doing so and offering financial support we will ensure that families have a much better chance of getting a stable home for the long term.”

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@publicsectorexecutive.com

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

related

public sector executive tv

more videos >

last word

Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

David Hawkins, operations director at the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW), on why ISO 44001 is a new evolution in collaborative working. The past 12 months have seen seismic changes b more > more last word articles >

public sector focus

View all News

comment

An integrated approach to greening public transport

28/04/2017An integrated approach to greening public transport

Dave Pearson, director of transport services at West Yorkshire Combined Aut... more >
Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

28/04/2017Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

If new mayors want to improve the life chances of their communities, help t... more >

interviews

Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25/04/2017Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

Ahead of this year’s mayoral elections, Lord Kerslake, the former hea... more >

most read

Shared Services and Outsourcing Week

the raven's daily blog

A watershed moment in British democracy

02/05/2017A watershed moment in British democracy

The upcoming mayoral elections represent a watershed moment in the history of British democracy, reports PSE’s Luana Salles.  On 4 May, voters across six regio... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

editor's comment

11/04/2017A watershed moment in British politics

The government has now officially triggered Article 50, formally starting the process of Britain’s exit from the EU. How this will affect local government, the wider public sector and the Civil Service remains to be seen, but the likelihood of it being plain sailing with the enormity of the task ahead seems rather unlikely.  It is, therefore, quite appropriate that in this edition of PSE Professor Chris Painter reflects on the profound changes that have taken place in the... read more >