Issue details

New homes for refugee communities

The council has successfully secured indicative allocations of £8.4m and £1.062m from the GLA's Refugee Housing Programme and DLUHC's Local Authority Housing Fund Round 2 respectively.

The purpose of both funding sources is to acquire new housing to support refugee resettlement and relocation programmes.

In order to benefit from this grant funding, the council is required to contribute match funding and to complete all acquisitions by the end of the current financial year.

This report requests urgent approval of match funding budgets for both programmes and a series of delegations to enable the council to act quickly in acquiring vital new homes within this timeframe.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure/Income over £5m & policies or new income, reserves use, overspend over £300K;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 21/06/2023

Reason for urgency:
The council has successfully secured funding to acquire new homes across the borough to support refugee resettlement.

The relevant funding agreements require the council to commit match funding and to have completed all acquisitions by the end of the current financial year. To this end, an urgent decision is required to enable the acquisition of homes within the required timeframe.

Report access: Open;

Report Type: Key Decision;

Decision due: Before 26 Aug 2023 by Leader of the Council

Lead member: Councillor Andrew Jones, Cabinet Member for The Economy, Councillor Frances Umeh, Cabinet Member for Housing and Homelessness

Lead director: Strategic Director of the Economy Department

Department: The Economy department

Contact: Joe Coyne Email:, Matthew Rumble Email: