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Temporary Accommodation: Prisoners' Release

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 13210, tabled on 9 June 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues to ensure women prison leavers in Ministry of Justice temporary accommodation service are supported into permanent accommodation.

Answered on

18 June 2021

This Government is committed to ending rough sleeping this Parliament and believes everyone deserves a roof over their head.

We are working cross government and with the Ministry of Justice to address the barriers offenders face in securing suitable accommodation and are aware of the specific complex needs of women prison leavers.

The Ministry of Justice has committed over £20 million to supporting prison leavers at risk of homelessness into temporary accommodation and will support individuals into long-term settled accommodation. My department secured funding at the 2020 Spending Review to support prison leavers at risk of homelessness into private rented sector tenancies. The Ministry of Justice has also opened Approved Premises for women.