Since 2008, nearly £1 billion of funding has been cut from support services for homeless people.
Our Home for Good campaign is calling on the government to invest an extra £1 billion on services that prevent homelessness and end rough sleeping, and ring-fence the money so it can’t be spent on anything else.
In this briefing we draw on updated research carried out by WPI Economics. The research shows that total council spending on all homelessness related activity has fallen from £2.9 billion in 2008-09 to £2.2 billion last year. If spending had remained at 2008-09 levels an extra £6.2 billion would have been spent on preventing and tackling homelessness over the last decade.
The briefing also draws on interviews with people who have managed homelessness services for many years. They told us funding cuts mean fewer services to prevent homelessness, and while recent funding is welcome, it doesn’t address the causes of homelessness.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Government action can end rough sleeping, but only if the next Spending Review tackles the causes of homelessness.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Government action can end rough sleeping, but only if they use the next Spending Review to invest the money needed to truly tackle the causes of homelessness.