Temporary Accommodation: Coronavirus:Written question - 41513

(Bristol West)
Asked on: 29 April 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Temporary Accommodation: Coronavirus
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has had discussions with the Home Secretary on ensuring that there is funding for emergency accommodation during the covid-19 outbreak for people with no recourse to public funds; and if he will make a statement.
Answered by: Luke Hall
Answered on: 11 May 2020

On 2 May, the Government announced an unprecedented £76 million package of support to ensure the most vulnerable in society get the support they need during the pandemic.

A change to the rules will also mean that those fleeing domestic abuse and facing homelessness as a result will be automatically considered as priority by their council for housing – ensuring more survivors of domestic abuse have access to a safe home.

The Government is aware of concerns about those with no recourse to public funds experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 crisis.

We are ensuring local authorities are supported, with £3.2 million in targeted funding to help support individuals who are sleeping rough off the streets, and an additional £3.2 billion provided to local authorities as part of the wider government response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This funding has been provided to help local authorities to reduce risks to public health and to support individuals on the basis of need.

The legal position on those with no recourse to public funds has not been amended.

The Government recognises that these are unprecedented times, and expects local authorities to support people who are sleeping rough, and also to minimise unnecessary risks to public health, acting within the law.

The Secretary of State regularly engages with colleagues across Whitehall, including his counterpart at the Home Office.

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