Investment in the right support and a welfare system that works for the most vulnerable are just two of the things we ask for in the 2015 Spending Review.
A sector that justifies its means – our asks for the 2015 Spending Review
In the Summer Budget, George Osborne announced that £37 billion of consolidation measures would be undertaken during this Parliament to "finish the job of repairing Britain's finances". This includes £12bn savings from welfare, £5bn from addressing avoidance, evasion and imbalances in the tax system, and £20 billion in cuts to non-protected departmental spending. These cuts are accompanied by the already confirmed £3bn in cuts to non-protected departments this year (DCMS had £30 million and DCLG £230 million).
The Government has already embarked on this year’s Spending Review – a process that will set out the maximum amount Government Departments can spend over a set period of time. Spending Review 2015 is central to the Government’s plans to control spending, eliminate the deficit and start to run a surplus by 2019-20.
A country that lives within its means, published by HM Treasury in July, describes how the Government will use the Spending Review to confirm how it will invest in priority public services and deliver the remaining £20 billion further savings required overall to eliminate the deficit. Government Departments have been asked to model two scenarios of 25% and 40% of savings within their resource budgets by 2019-20 in real terms. These are the same reductions requested ahead of the Spending Review of 2010.
The paper also explains that the Spending Review will prioritise spending around a number of core outcomes:
- promoting innovation and greater collaboration in public services
- promoting growth and productivity, including through radical devolution of powers to local areas in England
- delivering high-quality public services, such as the NHS
- promoting choice and competition
- driving efficiency and value for money across the public sector.
We have submitted a paper to the Spending Review identifying how the homelessness sector contributes positively to these core outcomes. We make the case for the following main asks of Government:
- To invest in support that prevents and alleviates homelessness
- To fund a welfare system which covers housing costs for the most vulnerable
- To retain funding for Local Welfare Assistance
- To increase the supply of low cost housing
- To establish a national programme for people with multiple needs
- To support and invest in a thriving homelessness sector to drive innovation and service re-design – recognising that homelessness services contribute to delivering efficiencies across a range of public services including health, welfare, social care and substance use services and their positive contribution to devolution.
You can download our full submission below.
We do hope that HM Treasury will take on board our evidence and the case we make on the need for continued investment in homelessness services. We will find out on 25 November 2015 when the final Spending Review will be published.
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