Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


22 DEC 2017

Crisis

Thank you for taking the time to email me about private renting solutions for homeless and vulnerable people.

I understand your concern on this matter and hope the following information on this topic from the Department for Communities and Local Government is of interest:

The Autumn Budget 2017 provided £20 million of funding for schemes to support people at risk of homelessness to access and sustain tenancies in the private rented sector. Furthermore, the Budget has financed three Housing First pilots in Manchester, Liverpool and the West Midlands, with a £28 million investment to support rough sleepers in turning their lives around.
Help to rent projects play an important role in enabling homeless people to access the private rented sector. Between 2010 and 2016, the Government invested £14 million, working with Crisis to develop a programme for single people to access private rented accommodation. This helped 9,000 people: 90 per cent of these maintained a tenancy for more than six months.
More generally, local authorities have been allocated £315 million for homelessness prevention funding until 2020 and £402 million of Flexible Homelessness Support Grant up to 2019. This can be used to pay for rent deposit schemes and other strategies to support access to the private rented sector.
The Government has also been working hard to improve the private rented sector. For example, a Tenant Fees Bill has been published which will ban unfair letting fees to tenants and cap tenancy deposits, helping millions of renters to avoid costly upfront payments and renewal fees.

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