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Homelessness: Young People

Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 17 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans his Department has to increase support for young homeless people seeking permanent accommodation; and if he will make a statement. (307019)

Government have recently provided £30 million capital funding over three years from Communities and Local Government that will provide up to 500 new places in Foyers and specialist supported housing through the National Affordable Housing Programme.

Since September the following allocations have been made:

Client group

Grant (£)

Units

Teenage parents

3,228,924

43

Young people at risk

6,562,003

134

Young people leaving care

90,000

2

Total for supported housing for 16 to 17-year-olds

9,880,927

179

In addition local authorities provide a broad range of assistance and support for all ages which young people will also benefit from.

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. Data relating to the supply of and spend on Supporting People housing related support services are collected retrospectively. The following table shows the national spend, per primary client group, for the year 2007-08 for the three ‘young person’ client groups reportable for Supporting People.

Supporting People spend on the three Young Person client groups

2007-08 spend (£)

Teenage parents

23,403,241

Young people at risk

124,728,170

Leaving care

11,853,858