HC Deb 22 April 2002 vol 384 cc42-3W
Mr. Breed

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 15 April 2002,Official Report, column 734W, on rough sleeping, if he will list those local strategies for which his Department has committed funding for 2002–03, and the relevant criteria for those strategies. [51740]

Ms Keeble

All local housing authorities in England have been given the opportunity to bid for revenue funding from 1 July 2002 until 31 March 2003 to support their homelessness strategies. The Government is interested in supporting strategies that are forward thinking, reflect the themes in the DTLR report "More than a roof', bring innovation to preventing homelessness and seek to achieve best practice.

Current funding arrangements prevail until June 2002 to give the Homelessness Directorate an opportunity to fully assess local authority strategies and bids.

A copy of the guidance on bidding for homelessness strategies has been placed in the Libraries of the House.

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