The number of people facing homelessness is rising rapidly. New research cited in this submission shows that the financial support available to organisations in the homelessness sector is shrinking in real terms and many are facing closure. The submission is made o behalf of our 800 members organisations across England, many of whom have directly contributed their experience and evidence.
The Spring budget in March 2024 is an opportunity for the Government to address this, if it wishes to meet its own target of ending Rough Sleeping.
Many homelessness services are funded through commissioned contracts with low inflation built in
And services are heavily reliant on local authority funding which is also facing an unprecedented squeeze.
Who is this for?
This document is written for HM Treasury to explain why urgent financial changes are required in the budget.
The document also has useful information on cost pressures and challenges that will be useful for others in the homelessness sector and with an interest in homelessness.
What is it?
This document is a formal submission to HM Treasury's call for evidence ahead of the Spring Budget 2024
Call to Action
Policy makers should use this document as evidence that increased funding is required. Other stakeholders should feel free to use our evidence when making a case locally and nationally.