Protect the Homelessness Protection Grant

Rebecca Long-Bailey, MP for Salford and Eccles says

“I have written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Greg Clark on the importance of protecting the Homelessness Prevention Grant in the upcoming Spending Review. It’s vitally important for the country and for Salford.

Many Salfordians have been prevented from becoming homeless because of the grant, it is a life line to many. Like many places in Britain, homelessness is an all too frequent problem in Salford. The availability of affordable housing in Salford is a serious problem and because of budget cuts imposed from central government our ability to prevent homelessness in the City could be much diminished. The grant must continue to be a named grant, designated for homelessness prevention.

Homelessness costs the government at least £1 billion every year and preventing it obviously make financial sense, that is why we must ring fence the Homelessness Protection Grant.

I'm calling upon the government to protect the Homelessness Prevention Grant until 2020 in the upcoming Spending Review and that the grant be allocated according to levels of need in each local authority area and the make sure that the grant is used effectively for its intended purpose.”