Magazine article Public Finance

London Gets Extra £50M for Homeless

Magazine article Public Finance

London Gets Extra £50M for Homeless

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Local authorities in London are to receive a further £50m to help tackle homelessness and overcrowding.

Ministers are keen to expand schemes already in operation in Ealing and Newham, where councils buy private properties to avoid placing homeless families in expensive rented accommodation.

Although 41 councils across England have met a target for halving numbers in temporary accommodation, they do not include a single London authority.

Housing minister Yvette Cooper, who recently announced plans for more family-size homes in the capital, said the only long-term solution was extra accommodation. 'In the meantime, we can do more for families who are in desperate housing need today,' she said.

A total of £30m will be spent on moving families out of private rented accommodation, using a scheme that is partly financed through housing benefit. …

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