Swindon MPs welcome additional funding for families at risk of homelessness

By Jessica Durston - 7 December 2022

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  • Sir Robert Buckland MP (left) and Justin Tomlinson MP

    Sir Robert Buckland MP (left) and Justin Tomlinson MP

North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson and South Swindon MP Sir Robert Buckland have welcomed news of the extra £50m of Government funding set to help families at risk of homelessness this winter.

Swindon Borough Council is expected to receive £310,000 as part of an additional £50million being made available to Local Authorities across England.

This funding will come through an ‘exceptional winter’ top up to the Homelessness Prevention Grant.

Councils will then have the flexibility to target the additional financial support at those who they find in need of it most.

Officials say this may include helping households at risk of eviction pay off their rent arrears or supporting families with their search and deposits to secure a new home.  

The funding is on top of £316m Homeless Prevention Grant already allocated to councils for 2022-23, and is part of a £2bn package of Government support to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping over the next three years.

Over the last two years Swindon is said to have received £3.8m from the Homelessness Prevention Grant, with the latest funding increasing that amount to £4.1m.

Justin Tomlinson MP and Sir Robert Buckland MP said: “We are pleased the Government is again making additional funding for Local Authorities to provide additional, co-ordinated support. 

"Swindon Borough Council have always been willing to step forward to provide vital support for families at risk of homelessness, whether wrap around support, helping with rent arrears or contributing towards the cost of moving to a new home.”

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