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Homelessness: Young People

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information his Department holds on the level of financial assistance provided by each London borough to young people seeking permanent accommodation in each year since 2005. (307014)

The Department provides a homelessness grant to local authorities and the voluntary sector to help them prevent and tackle homelessness in their areas. This grant helps assist people of all ages and a proportion of this money will be spent on young people based on a local authority’s need. We cannot disaggregate actual spend on young people, but in England in the last quarter, 39 per cent. of households accepted as owed a main homelessness duty were aged 16 to 24 years.

£

Local authority

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

London

Barking and Dagenham

100,000

100,000

100,000

Barnet

160,000

160,000

160,000

Bexley

100,000

100,000

100,000

Brent

805,000

805,000

805,000

Bromley

135,000

135,000

135,000

Camden

1,600,000

1,600,000

1,600,000

City of London

295,000

295,000

295,000

Croydon Council

550,000

550,000

550,000

Ealing

640,000

640,000

640,000

Enfield

250,000

250,000

250,000

Greenwich

180,000

180,000

180,000

Hackney

590,000

590,000

590,000

Hammersmith and Fulham

1,232,000

1,232,000

1,232,000

Haringey

250,000

250,000

250,000

Harrow

200,000

200,000

200,000

Havering

100,000

100,000

100,000

Hillingdon

100,000

100,000

100,000

Hounslow

240,000

240,000

240,000

Islington

380,000

380,000

380,000

Kensington and Chelsea

1,168,000

1,168,000

1,168,000

Kingston upon Thames

120,000

120,000

120,000

Lambeth

2,050,000

2,050,000

2,050,000

Lewisham

190,000

190,000

190,000

Merton

120,000

120,000

120,000

Newham

300,000

300,000

300,000

Redbridge

100,000

100,000

100,000

Richmond

400,000

400,000

400,000

Southwark

1,150,000

1,150,000

1,150,000

Sutton

200,000

200,000

200,000

Tower Hamlets

880,000

880,000

880,000

Waltham Forest

280,000

280,000

280,000

Wandsworth

330,000

330,000

330,000

Westminster

6,600,000

6,600,000

6,600,000

Total London

21,795,000

21,795,000

21,795,000

The Supporting People programme provides revenue funds for local authorities to commission housing-related support services for vulnerable people in their area, to enable them to develop independent living skills.

It is a locally managed and delivered programme. Local authorities are responsible for making the strategic decisions regarding the programme including deciding what services to commission to meet local needs and priorities.

Supporting People for the three young person primary client groups in London boroughs

£

2005-06

Administering authority name

Young people at risk

Young people leaving care

Teenage parents

Total

London

25,196,536

5,220,292

3,545,406

33,962,234

Camden

2,074,830

69,416

16,541

2,160,787

City of London

455,508

0

0

455,508

Hackney

1,282,026

67,382

226,323

1,575,732

Hammersmith and Fulham

833,373

180,737

45,755

1,059,865

Haringey

770,357

272,716

69,889

1,112,963

Islington

1,183,604

69,022

105,142

1,357,768

Kensington and Chelsea

1,059,929

289,916

31,821

1,381,666

Lambeth

1,173,123

31,401

501,915

1,706,439

Lewisham

830,625

394,059

338,946

1,563,630

Newham

1,306,717

428

172,526

1,479,671

Southwark

1,948,254

142,641

187,219

2,278,113

Tower Hamlets

867,679

392,308

81,032

1,341,019

Wandsworth

641,010

527,616

220,337

1,388,963

Westminster

2,331,643

524,346

38,310

2,894,300

Barking and Dagenham

0

0

61,412

61,412

Barnet

720,362

0

91,086

811,449

Bexley

30,437

37,951

12,813

81,200

Brent

440,183

106,958

180,349

727,491

Bromley

234,362

265,751

62,116

562,230

Croydon

1,210,053

263,361

118,850

1,592,263

Ealing

978,057

542,101

57,657

1,577,814

Enfield

927,004

24,000

308,361

1,259,365

Greenwich

1,267,926

218,416

187,166

1,673,508

Harrow

116,397

196,228

43,978

356,602

Havering

0

20,083

52,011

72,094

Hillingdon

485,476

196,167

48,418

730,061

Hounslow

442,722

107,901

0

550,623

Kingston upon Thames

255,415

0

64,291

319,706

Merton

189,940

13,772

38,325

242,037

Redbridge

507,181

36,970

0

544,150

Richmond upon Thames

129,300

48,829

34,203

212,332

Sutton

269,713

159,231

146,145

575,089

Waltham Forest

233,331

20,586

2,468

256,385

£

2006-07

Administering authority name

Teenage parents

Young people at risk

Young people leaving care

Total

London

3,616,929

26,184,294

4,633,327

34,434,550

Camden

59,128

2,356,534

71,066

2,486,728

City of London

0

455,508

0

455,508

Hackney

255,841

1,456,133

112,222

1,824,197

Hammersmith and Fulham

46,544

824,980

181,855

1,053,380

Haringey

78,900

772,657

274,223

1,125,780

Islington

105,183

1,116,171

395

1,221,748

Kensington and Chelsea

35,745

900,537

296,109

1,232,391

Lambeth

479,649

1,322,288

0

1,801,937

Lewisham

358,797

847,237

217,931

1,423,965

Newham

109,008

1,379,615

22,242

1,510,865

Southwark

228,115

1,970,227

133,159

2,331,501

Tower Hamlets

81,032

929,627

385,149

1,395,809

Wandsworth

220,337

626,395

602,000

1,448,733

Westminster

34,915

2,467,813

27,994

2,530,723

Barking and Dagenham

31,687

0

0

31,687

Barnet

85,477

695,627

42,766

823,870

Bexley

17,809

62,000

0

79,809

Brent

182,589

614,563

106,367

903,520

Bromley

57,344

341,831

406,464

805,639

Croydon

153,873

1,238,338

313,041

1,705,252

Ealing

84,306

1,013,621

555,707

1,653,633

Enfield

323,376

755,852

61,249

1,140,477

Greenwich

191,792

1,299,258

223,814

1,714,863

Harrow

21,553

93,808

141,368

256,729

Havering

0

48,048

21,970

70,018

Hillingdon

112,625

612,316

74,208

799,149

Hounslow

0

404,060

104,336

508,396

Kingston upon Thames

65,898

240,303

0

306,201

Merton

39,189

194,519

14,083

247,791

Redbridge

0

541,773

33,515

575,288

Richmond upon Thames

35,044

132,480

49,890

217,414

Sutton

118,642

234,119

160,205

512,965

Waltham Forest

2,530

236,055

0

238,585

£

2007-08

Administering authority name

Teenage parents

Young people at risk

Young people leaving care

Total

London

3,761,528

28,031,119

4,252,827

36,045,474

Camden

106,233

3,088,690

311,531

3,506,454

City of London

0

487,674

0

487,674

Hackney

215,255

1,660,088

38,455

1,913,798

Hammersmith and Fulham

47,722

998,626

181,231

1,227,579

Haringey

70,661

651,797

275,730

998,188

Islington

109,345

1,234,157

0

1,343,503

Kensington and Chelsea

35,298

704,723

296,109

1,036,130

Lambeth

450,564

1,438,498

0

1,889,062

Lewisham

388,631

1,248,011

120,416

1,757,059

Newham

176,603

1,318,994

22,267

1,517,864

Southwark

254,198

2,109,809

120,498

2,484,505

Tower Hamlets

65,775

1,003,746

249,015

1,318,535

Wandsworth

252,843

656,664

585,057

1,494,564

Westminster

34,915

2,467,813

0

2,502,728

Barking and Dagenham

43,753

0

0

43,753

Barnet

85,469

677,377

86,559

849,406

Bexley

33,456

11,209

0

44,665

Brent

186,766

655,067

106,367

948,200

Bromley

71,629

302,776

345,362

719,767

Croydon

161,696

1,321,389

253,296

1,736,381

Ealing

101,675

982,282

614,200

1,698,157

Enfield

328,840

661,901

48,000

1,038,741

Greenwich

142,701

1,571,210

112,892

1,826,803

Harrow

44,858

79,273

199,830

323,960

Havering

0

48,048

21,970

70,018

Hillingdon

120,099

555,283

18,900

694,282

Hounslow

0

416,208

66,675

482,882

Kingston upon Thames

65,898

240,303

0

306,201

Merton

40,051

198,798

19,930

258,780

Redbridge

0

541,773

13,888

555,661

Richmond upon Thames

35,145

78,966

41,584

155,695

Sutton

88,850

357,223

103,066

549,139

Waltham Forest

2,600

262,741

0

265,341

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on their role in assisting young people to secure permanent accommodation. (307020)

Government have issued guidance focussed on helping local authorities and the third sector assist young people in securing settled accommodation.

The Homelessness Code of Guidance for Local Authorities (July 2006)—provides a summary of the homelessness legislation and the duties, powers and obligations on housing authorities and others towards people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. In addition to this we have published:

Joint working between Housing and Children's Services: Preventing homelessness and tackling its effects on children and young people (May 2008)

Making a difference: Supported lodgings as a housing option for young people (October 2008)

An accommodation self assessment toolkit for the Socially Excluded Adults Public Service Agreement (November 2009)

Homelessness prevention and meeting housing need for (ex)offenders: A guide to practice (November 2009)

Preventing Homelessness: A Strategy Health Check (September 2006)

Homelessness Prevention—a guide to good practice (June 2006)

Local authorities are legally required to prepare a pathway plan setting out the support that will be provided to care leavers so that they can make a positive transition from their care placement to more independent accommodation. This plan will include details of any services that the individual young person might need so that they are able to successfully manage a future tenancy.

Regulations and Guidance setting out the responsibilities of local authorities to support care leavers so that they have the best chance to succeed in their accommodation was issued in 2001, at the time of the introduction of the provisions of the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000.

As well as producing and publishing this guidance we make available other local authority prevention tools and good practice information aimed specifically at assisting young people on our National Youth Homelessness website.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what mechanisms exist for (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) local authorities to assist young people in securing permanent accommodation. (307047)

CLG employ a team of homelessness advisors, seconded from local authorities, to advise and support local authorities with their homelessness strategies. In particular, identifying and promoting good practice and opportunities to improve efficiency in tackling and preventing homelessness effectively.

The Supporting People programme also funds housing-related support to vulnerable people, including young people, to help them to live more independently. For example, Supporting People funded services might support a vulnerable young person or teenage parent to develop life skills which enable them to maintain a tenancy, such as understanding a tenancy agreement, or budgeting; or they might provide support to access training, education or employment which can help young people to develop a more stable home life. In 2007-08, over £136 million was spent on housing-related support services for vulnerable young people, and over £23 million was spent on services for teenage parents.

The homelessness legislation (Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996) provides a safety net for vulnerable young people who become homeless through no fault of their own. Under the legislation, local housing authorities must secure suitable accommodation for applicants who are eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and fall within a priority need group. The priority need groups include young people aged 16 or 17, young people aged between 18 and 20 who were previously in care, and young people

aged 21 or over who are vulnerable as a result of having spent time in care. The duty continues until an offer of a settled home can be made.

Local authorities are responsible for allocating settled social (either within their own stock or by nomination to housing associations in their district) to those on the waiting list, including young people, who have appropriate priority under the authority's allocation scheme.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what support (a) his Department and (b) its agencies provide to young people leaving foyer schemes to assist them in securing permanent accommodation. (307054)

Foyer schemes and other forms of supported accommodation are designed to help young people gain the skills they will require to live independently and to secure their own settled accommodation.

The Supporting People programme provides revenue funds for local authorities to commission housing related support services for vulnerable people in their area, to enable them to develop these essential independent living skills. Data relaying to the supply of and spend on supporting people housing related support services is collected retrospectively. The following table shows the amount spent on three young people client groups by service type and accommodation type for 2007-08.

2007-08 Supporting people spend on three young person client groups, by service type and accommodation type

£

Primary Client Group

Service type

Accommodation type (where applicable)

Teenage parents

Young people at risk

Young people leaving care

Grand total

Accommodation based services

Accommodation Based Service

508,932

2,313,959

79,255

2,902,145

Adult Placement—Registered

186,558

186,558

Foyer for Young People

50,006

23,411,997

32,374

23,494,377

Homeless Hostel, B & B or other temporary accommodation

504,906

12,121,139

55,476

12,681,522

Resident Adult Carer

373

55,648

56,021

Supported Housing (shared or self contained)

5,965,744

61,677,456

5,785,884

73,429,084

Supported Lodgings

152,518

3,447,892

1,895,530

5,495,940

Teenage Parent Accommodation

9,274,670

111,982

9,386,652

Women's Refuge

72,769

72,769

(blank)

84,870

590,758

489,946

1,165,574

Accommodation Based Service total

16,541,646

103,934,884

8,394,113

128,870,643

Floating Support Services

6,504,888

19,495,205

2,932,470

28,932,563

Outreach services

285,262

727,462

371,543

1,384,267

Resettlement Services

71,445

570,619

155,733

797,798

Grand total

23,403,242

124,728,170

11,853,859

159,985,271

Some young people may yet still require additional help and that is why Communities and Local Government allocated over £220 million to local authorities and the voluntary sector between 2008-09 to 2010-11 to help them prevent and tackle homelessness in their areas.

The homelessness legislation (Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996) provides a safety net for vulnerable young people who become homeless through no fault of their own. Under the legislation, local housing authorities must secure suitable accommodation for applicants who are eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and fall within a priority need group. The priority need groups include young people aged 16 or 17, young people aged between 18 and 20 who were previously in care, and young people aged 21 or over who are vulnerable as a result of having spent time in care. The duty continues until an offer of a settled home can be made.