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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 15 November 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Homelessness: Autism
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department takes steps to ensure that autistic children are not left without housing after becoming homeless.
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Answered by: Mrs Heather Wheeler
Answered on: 20 November 2018

Under the Housing Act 1996, local authorities are required to place all homeless children into suitable accommodation, taking into account their needs. The Department provides statutory guidance to local authorities on this, which makes clear the importance of providing suitable accommodation to households with children (Homelessness Code of Guidance, Chapter 17).

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 14 November 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Temporary Accommodation: Autism
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many children with autism were placed into temporary accommodation out of borough after becoming homeless in the London Borough of Southwark in each of the last five years.
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Answered by: Mrs Heather Wheeler
Answered on: 19 November 2018

My Department does not collect this information.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 12 November 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Temporary Accommodation: Autism
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of children with autism living in temporary accommodation in (a) London Borough of Southwark, (b) London and (c) England in each of the last five years.
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Answered by: Mrs Heather Wheeler
Answered on: 15 November 2018

My Department does not collect this information.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 12 July 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Homelessness: Domestic Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of victims of domestic abuse who have (a) slept rough and (b) experienced homelessness in each of the last five years.
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Answered by: Nigel Adams
Answered on: 17 July 2018

The Department does not hold information on the number of victims of domestic abuse who have slept rough and experienced homelessness in each of the last five years.

However, we know that in 2017/18, 1,330 households were accepted as homeless with the primary reason of acceptance being that they were vulnerable as a result of having fled their home because of domestic violence or the threat of domestic violence. These statistics are available for each local authority area, and previous years at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-homelessness#detailed-local-authority-level-responses

Domestic abuse is a devastating crime that nobody should have to suffer. Supporting victims of domestic abuse is an absolute priority for this Government. Councils have a legal duty to provide accommodation to families and others who are vulnerable as a result of fleeing domestic abuse. The Homelessness Reduction Act requires councils to take reasonable steps for all eligible households who are homeless, to help them secure accommodation.

We are overhauling the statutory homelessness data collection alongside the introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Act. This will give us better insights into the causes of homelessness and the support people need, including where someone is accepted as homeless because they were vulnerable as a result of having fled their home because of domestic violence or the threat of domestic violence, alongside other reasons for acceptance.

We are also continuing to support the Women’s Aid Routes to Support and No Woman Turned Away projects, having already provided almost £889,000 between 2015 and 2018 for these projects. Routes to Support (formerly UK Refuges online) is part-funded by the Government and is a UK-wide online database containing information about domestic abuse and other violence against women services. No Woman Turned Away provides caseworker support to women facing difficulties in accessing refuge, including those at risk of or who have been sleeping rough or experiencing homelessness.

We have also commissioned an audit of domestic abuse service delivery - being run by Ipsos MORI – to give us a picture of provision across England, enabling us to understand what impact services are having and to identify gaps in provision.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 December 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Refuges: Domestic Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to create a national system for funding domestic violence refuges.
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Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 12 December 2017

We recognise that refuge provision is critical to the safety of victims of domestic abuse and their families.

In our Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy, Government committed to review the locally led approach to refuge provision two years after the launch of our £20 million fund for safe accommodation and local service reform. This review will cover funding for refuges, including the critical care and support costs, and will take place by November 2018. We are continuing to explore all options for future delivery of refuge services, including a national model for refuges. We are committed to working closely with our sector partners, drawing on their expertise and knowledge.

My Department has launched a tender for an audit of local authority commissioning of domestic abuse services, including refuge, which will inform our review.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 December 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Housing Benefit: Refuges
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will keep short-term supported housing within the welfare system to allow women to pay for placements in domestic violence refuges using housing benefit.
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Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 12 December 2017

The new short-term supported housing funding model, which is currently out for consultation, removes rental liability from Housing Benefit and Universal Credit claimants living in short term accommodation from 2020. Instead rent and eligible service charges will be directly funded by local authorities, through a ring-fenced grant. The current mechanism for funding support costs via local authorities will continue as now.

This will help vulnerable people at a difficult point in their lives, including those living in domestic violence refuges, by removing rental liability.

The consultation document was published on 31st October alongside the policy statement and can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/funding-for-supported-housing.

The consultation is open until the 23 January 2018.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 29 June 2017
Department for Education
Housing: Students
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the last fire safety inspections were undertaken in student accommodation blocks in (a) the London Borough of Southwark and (b) London.
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Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 05 July 2017

The Department does not hold information on fire inspections for any student accommodation blocks. In line with the cross-Government action following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, the Department has written to all Higher Education Funding Councils For England (HEFCE)-funded Higher Education Institutions and Alternative Providers of Higher Education to identify any student accommodation buildings that may require further investigation. We have requested that institutions flag any concerns immediately. We are also engaging with the sector directly and via key sector bodies including Universities UK and Guild HE.

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