Consultations and surveys Budget for Council services 2023/24 to 2025/26

Homelessness

Budget and focus

Our budget this year is £27.264m, with 315 staff.  

We aim to prevent people becoming homeless and to support people and families who find themselves homeless to find new permanent homes and have a good life. Our work also prevents rough sleeping. 

The main causes of homelessness in Manchester are:  

  • loss of private tenancy 
  • family no longer willing or able to help 
  • domestic abuse 
  • friends no longer willing or able to help 
  • relationship breakdown with partner. 

We focus on prevention by working with many partners, supporting residents to stay in their original home or to make new housing as permanent as possible. 

Demand for this service remains high with 11,605 presentations in 2021/22. We dealt with just over a third of these as prevention cases – and we aim to increase this to 50%. This will reduce the biggest demand on this budget: temporary housing. 

Where we can’t avoid using temporary housing, we’re cutting down on less unsuitable alternatives such as B&Bs and expensive out-of-area placements.  

As well as prevention, our housing strategy is to deliver over 1,000 affordable new homes each year and to create affordable new tenancies in new kinds of partnerships with developers and landlords.  

£1.244m proposed savings in 2023/24 (totalling £4.646m by 2025/26)

  • £494,000 less as prevention work brings falling demand for temporary housing. 
  • £500,000 saved by supporting people before B&B and other placements are needed. 
  • £250,000 expanding specialist-managed temporary accommodation service. 

See the full report detailing these proposed savings 

Communities and Equalities Scrutiny Committee, 8 November 2022  - Homelessness Directorate 2023/24 Budget 

Have your say by 7 January 2023

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