The last week of October, has seen a surge of proposals by the government, including an attempt to help with issues such as building your own home; action to help prevent young people who were in care, becoming homeless; new town deals, to help 7 communities across England, and also funding, to allocate 3,300 new homes for rough sleepers.
Firstly, on the 26th October, an announcement about young people leaving the care system was published. These young people are statistically, one of the easiest segments of the population to become homeless as they leave a place of care. Without any support, they can struggle to cope with the challenges of living independently. Guidance in accessing the services available to them to build a stable foundation for their adult lives, has been identified as a critical necessity, to stop this descent into rough sleeping.
27th October saw a press release about “First Town Deals”, which named seven communities (Barrow-in-Furness, Blackpool, Darlington, Peterborough, Norwich, Torquay and Warrington) as being the first of 101 places to share in the £178 million, which is meant to sustain jobs; boost economic growth, and develop town centres and their infrastructures. In Blackpool for instance, £39.5 million is being used to update the illuminations, which attract in excess of 4 million visitors a year; earning the town £284 million in revenue.
29th October saw the announcement of a fund, allocated to create 3,300 new homes for rough sleepers across England. This falls way short of the numbers required, as the government’s own figures show that since the start of the pandemic through to September, 29,000 rough sleepers were supported in safe accommodation. This, and any future announcements on such projects, should take into account, the ongoing professional assistance required when housing vulnerable people.
Lastly, on 30th October it was announced that 15,000 homes every year are being built privately, rather than by the house building giants. In response, the government has introduced plans to support the self, and custom build industry, which they estimate to be worth £4.5 billion to the UK economy. Measures include the creation of a register of those requesting to build in their local area, which will be published on a yearly basis. “Right to Build Day”, is 30th October each year, where local authorities are meant to have granted planning permission to plots that match the demand on the register.