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Could cuts see the return of hostels?

 
November 2nd 2010
 


Homeless hostels could return to Glasgow following UK government plans to cut housing benefits, ministers have been warned.

Along with cuts in benefits paying for private sector flats and bed and breakfast accommodation, the Department of Work and Pensions is planning to reduce allowances for temporary council and housing association flats in April.

The proposals could see Glasgow lose £10 million in housing subsidies and may affect the council's ability to meet homelessness targets if it can't afford to provide temporary accommodation.

Glasgow's large hostels such as the Great Eastern in Duke Street, Bellgrove in Gallowgate and Peter McCann House in Townhead closed recently, but could potentially reopen if the proposed cuts are passed.

Matt Kerr, Glasgow City Council's executive member for social care, said the plans would set back Glasgow's efforts to wipe out homelessness by years: "We have taken steps to improve temporary accommodation, moving people from outdated hostels into supported tenancies in real homes.

"That was the right thing to do, but this proposal will reward that vision with a massive financial penalty.

"It creates a multi-million pound incentive to retain - or even return to - the dismal, failing hostels that Glasgow has fought hard to leave behind. It is confused and ill-considered and amounts to nothing more than crude social vandalism."

In an open letter to councils, welfare reform minister Lord Freud said: "While I recognise that temporary accommodation leasing schemes can attract higher costs, it is important that we protect the taxpayer from inflated rents being met by housing benefit and we drive out value for money from these schemes."

 
 
 

November 2010

 

Contents

London's hub

Why Rochester Row?

Over 1,800 convicted under Vagrancy Act

Estimates of ex-service homelessness exaggerated, claims charity

Gone, but not forgotten

A thousand cuts

Boris slammed by homelessness charity

Big Society event

Sleep outs spark debate

Homeless charities gear up for cuts

Children held for fire attack on homeless man in Jamaica

Housing associations treble surpluses

Homeless hate crime passed in Florida

Homeless tours of London

Punks party for the homeless

In from the cold

Ex-homeless Mr England

Housing benefit help

Council strategy restricts emergency beds

First new council homes in a generation

Evictions fall by a third

New changes to housing law

Churches charity urges government to meet housing targets

World Aids Day - 1 December

Could cuts see the return of hostels?

Street Shield 18: A mystery to solve

 

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