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Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

27. To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the performance of Birmingham city council in tackling homelessness. (81885)

Birmingham city council’s statistical returns show that there has been a 17 per cent. reduction in homeless acceptances and a 30 per cent. reduction in the use of temporary accommodation over the year to end March 2006. Birmingham has also maintained the two-thirds reduction in rough sleeping. The last count (2005) showed seven against a baseline figure of 56 in 1998.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the £88 million announced by her Department on 12 December 2005 included funding for the Homelessness Innovation Fund. (77673)

On 12 December 2005 I announced the allocation of a further £88 million over two years (2006-07 and 2007-08) as part of our continued investment in homelessness prevention schemes. This funding is additional to the £2.2 million I announced on 2 November 2005 for the Homelessness Innovation Fund (HIF). 19 projects across England were awarded HIF funding to develop new ways of preventing homelessness and reducing the number of households living in temporary accommodation. The projects are expected to reduce the number of households in temporary accommodation by 4,000, and prevent 2,400 new cases of homelessness.