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Housing: Overcrowding

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 41418, tabled on 29 April 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the New Policy Institute’s report, Accounting for the Variation in the Confirmed Covid-19 Caseload across England,published in April 2020, what steps he is taking to work with (a) local authorities (b) housing associations and (c) hotels to provide accommodation for people who are unable to (i) shield and (ii) self-isolate during the covid-19 outbreak due to overcrowded living conditions.

Answered on

11 May 2020

MHCLG continues to work closely with local authorities to manage the impacts of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable in our society.

Over 90 per cent of those on the streets?at the beginning of the crisis?known to local authorities have now been made offers of safe accommodation – ensuring some of the most vulnerable in society are protected from the pandemic. This includes those rough sleeping or who have been living in accommodation with communal sleeping spaces such as night shelters.

The Government announced that councils across England will receive another £1.6 billion in additional funding to enable them to respond to COVID-19 pressures across the services they deliver, stepping up support for services helping the most vulnerable, including homeless people. This takes the total funding to support councils to respond to the pandemic to £3.2 billion. This is in addition to £3.2 million in targeted funding for councils to support vulnerable rough sleepers.

In addition, we have been working with the Greater London Authority and a number of hotel chains across the country to secure accommodation for rough sleepers and we have introduced a centrally coordinated process across Government for block booking hotels.

The Government has made clear that no one should be without a roof over their head, and this funding further demonstrates our commitment to assist the most vulnerable in society.