The Public Accounts Committee ran an inquiry into the government’s rehousing of rough sleepers during the coronavirus pandemic, and the government’s plans for solving rough sleeping in the long term.
We welcomed the opportunity to respond to the inquiry and submitted a written response from the point of view of housing associations.
The pandemic has highlighted the need for secure, affordable homes, especially for those most affected by the crisis: low-paid key workers, rough sleepers, families in temporary accommodation and people in unsuitable, unsupported or overcrowded homes. It has also highlighted the need for support services, a robust welfare system that covers the cost of rent, and safeguards for employment.
In our submission, we commend the continuation of the government’s commitment to rough sleepers and the funding for move-on housing, but provide a word of warning on the financial impact of the pandemic on supported housing.
We are calling on the government to:
We also ask the government to focus on critical issues including: