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Homelessness: Expenditure

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent in the (a) Wakefield and (b) Hemsworth constituencies on homelessness by (i) central Government and (ii) local authorities in each of the last five years. (165143)

Since 2003-04, the majority of the Government's homelessness grants have been allocated to local authorities to support them in their work on tackling and preventing homelessness effectively. Before that, the majority of funding went directly to the voluntary sector. We do however continue to provide homelessness funding directly to some voluntary sectors, where appropriate.

All local authority homelessness grants are allocated to individual councils and not constituency areas. It would be the responsibility of the local authority to spend this grant as it saw fit to tackle homelessness in its area.

The following table contains the level of revenue funding allocated to Wakefield metropolitan district council over the last five years in respect of homelessness.

Homelessness funding—Wakefield

Revenue funding allocated (£)

2003-04

38,713

2004-05

38,000

2005-06

38,000

2006-07

72,000

2007-08

143,000

This year, we will also be providing Wakefield metropolitan district council with £20,000 under our Hostels Capital Improvement Programme for improvements to Castledene hostel.