Homeless Link welcomes the Government’s homelessness funding announcement

Thursday, 28 October 2021 - 10:18am

On 27/10/2021, Rishi Sunak delivered the Autumn Budget, outlining the Government's spending plans for the next three years. Within it, the Government committed to spending £2bn on homelessness and rough sleeping over three years, with £640m confirmed to be spent by the year 2024/25, an 81% increase when compared to 2019/20. 

Rick Henderson, CEO at Homeless Link, the national membership charity for frontline homelessness organisations in England, said:  

“Everyone deserves a stable place to live and the support they need to keep it. Therefore, we are pleased that Rishi Sunak has clearly listened to the concerns and needs of our members in the homelessness sector, giving them the stability of funding to provide meaningful support to people experiencing homelessness as we leave the pandemic behind, with many of our members reporting that rough sleeping is rising again. While the £640m pa announced towards tackling homelessness and rough sleeping is £110m less than the spend for this year, it is still a marked rise on pre-pandemic levels of investment.  

“The full details of the money announced are as yet unclear, and there’s still a lot of work to do and measures to bring in for the Government to meet its target of ending rough sleeping by 2024, but today’s budget is a welcome confirmation of their ongoing commitment. We look forward to working together with Government to make its target a reality.”