Shapps warns councils to protect homeless
Housing minister Grant Shapps is to meet with local government representatives to discuss how to safeguard services for vulnerable people.
Mr Shapps has written to Local Government Association chair Baroness Margaret Eaton expressing concern that there should not be an increase in homelessness and rough sleeping.
Following reports that councils are slashing their Supporting People budgets in favour of propping up other council services, Mr Shapps has said that vulnerable people should not be disproportionally hit.
‘We would encourage all authorities to do as much as they can to maintain services to the most vulnerable people in their community in these economically challenging times,’ he states.
He also maintains that councils should ‘invest to save’ – putting money into housing services to save money later on from care budgets.
‘It is difficult to understand why some councils appear to be targeting any disproportionate spending reductions on programmes that support the most vulnerable people in their communities,’ he says.
Yesterday the National Housing Federation published a survey of 130 housing and support providers in England, showing 73 per cent have been told by their local authority to expect disproportionate funding cuts.