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Local authority spending on homelessness: 2020 update

Over the past decade, there has been increased demand for homelessness services in England.

This research by WPI Economics, on behalf of St Mungo’s and Homeless Link, shows that last year, councils in England spent nearly £1 billion less on services supporting single homeless people compared to a decade ago.

The expenditure on single homelessness – households which do not contain any dependent children, including multi-adult households – has been particularly impacted by reductions in spending, as prior to the HRA, most single households were not owed a duty. In 2018/19, nearly £1 billion less was spent on support services (Supporting People, prevention and support) for single homeless people than was spent in 2008/9.

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