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Response to Autumn Budget

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Response to Autumn Budget

23rd November 2017
This week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the Autumn Budget 2017.

Interim Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House, Andy Haines, responds. 

“Given the escalating rise in homelessness across the country, we’re pleased that housing was a key focus in this year’s Autumn Budget. 

“The government committed to £20million funding to help homeless people access a stable home through the Help to Rent programme, and an additional £28million for Housing First pilots in three major cities. 

“The target of building 300,000 homes a year is an important commitment, though for this to make a real difference to those at risk or experiencing homelessness, there must be a substantial supply of genuinely affordable homes. 

“The Chancellor also confirmed the launch of the Homelessness Reduction Taskforce, which will develop a cross-government strategy to work towards its commitment to halve rough sleeping by 2022, and eliminate it by 2027. The government must acknowledge that rough sleeping is by no means the full picture of homelessness, and more should be done to support the hundreds of thousands of people in this country who are living in B&Bs, hostels and temporary accommodation.

“This budget is a promising start, but to achieve what the government have committed to do, we need significantly more investment in homelessness services, which will benefit all people without somewhere stable and safe to sleep. 

“To truly build a country that works for everyone, we must solve our homelessness crisis urgently.”

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