Home for Good: Fixing funding for homelessness services – summary briefing

Nine years of Government cuts have left a shocking £1bn per year hole in services for single homeless people. At the same time the number of people sleeping rough has soared a massive 165% since 2010. This must end.

Our Home for Good campaign is calling on the government to put an end to rough sleeping by ensuring that everyone gets the long-term housing and support they need to rebuild their lives.

In this briefing we draw on new research carried out by WPI Economics to look at how cuts to local authority funding has shrunk spending on support services for single homeless people by 53% between 2008/9 and 2017/18.

Single people and couples without children are the least likely to have a legal right to be housed by their council and so are the most likely to end up sleeping on the streets. Support for this group is crucial to help them find and keep accommodation, and cope with the complex problems that may be contributing to their homelessness, including poor mental health, substance use and domestic abuse.

In 2017/18 nearly £1 billion less was spent on single homelessness services compared to 2008/9. To fix this funding gap we’re calling on the Government to use the 2019 Spending Review to invest an extra £1 billion a year for homelessness services through a ring fenced grant to local authorities – or inevitably face missing its target of ending rough sleeping by 2027.