Peter Aldous questions the Government about homeless hostels and the local housing allowance cap

8th February 2016

Peter Aldous questions the Government about the local housing allowance cap and whether it applies to homeless hostels as there is a real worry that many will lose income and close and that, as a result, there will be an unnecessary rise in the numbers of young homeless people.

Peter Aldous (Waveney) (Con): Homeless hostels and foyers play a vital role in helping rough sleepers to get off the streets and into long-term homes. I would be grateful if my hon. Friend could confirm that housing associations will be given urgent clarity on whether the local housing allowance cap applies to those services. If it does not, there is a real worry that many will close and that, as a result, there will be an unnecessary rise in the numbers of young homeless people.

Brandon Lewis: My hon. Friend always fights hard for his constituents. Preventing youth homelessness is a priority for this Government. We are investing £15 million in the fair chance fund, an innovative payment-by-results scheme. That is helping some 2,000 vulnerable young homeless people to get into accommodation, education, training and employment. We will work closely with providers to find a long-term solution to the funding of supported accommodation.

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