Decision details

Rapid Rehousing Pathway

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


(Director of Strategy, Innovation and Resources) on behalf of (Director of Customer and Commercial Services)




Consideration was given to the Rapid Rehousing Pathway Local Letting Scheme which sought approval for funding year two of the project. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) had opened a round of funding, named the Rapid Rehousing Pathway, which had invited applications from councils across England in order to reduce rough sleeping and homelessness across their areas. Carlisle City Council had submitted a bid on behalf of the Cumbria Districts. The bid was successful and the MHCLG awarded funds to Carlisle City Council as the accountable body. South Lakeland District Council’s (SLDC) allocated funding was £38,220. This funding had been paid and committed. A further bid for additional funding was submitted by Carlisle City Council and SLDC was awarded a further £38,774. The first year of the Rapid Rehousing Pathway Project had already been delivered and SLDC were part way through the delivery of year two. The scheme had worked extremely well, with targets being met within the initial six months. SLDC’s Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2019 to 2024 set out a key action to ‘develop the work of Government funded initiatives which supported rough sleepers across Cumbria’. The Rapid Rehousing Pathway Project was consistent with meeting the strategy’s priorities which were:


·         Homeless prevention;

·         Increasing the supply of settled accommodation;

·         Ensuring the right support was available to those that needed it; and

·         Tackling complex needs.


The funding would continue to support the Council in its role in tackling homelessness and rough sleeping.




(1)        the receipt by the Council of grant funding for year one be noted and

year two funding, in respect of the Rapid Rehousing Pathway project following successful bids by Carlisle City Council to MHCLG on behalf of the Districts, be approved.


(2)        the Director of Customer and Commercial Services in conjunction with the Lead Specialist Legal Governance and Democracy enter into the appropriate agreements, on behalf of the Council, to receive and administer the grant funding for years one and two of the Rapid Rehousing Pathway project.


Reasons for Decision


Within SLDC’s Homeless and Rough Sleeping Strategy there are four key priorities:-


·         Homeless prevention;

·         Increasing the supply of settled accommodation;

·         Ensuring the right support was available to those that needed it; and

·         Tackling complex needs.


The proposal for year two will help in the delivery of these priorities. In addition the proposal will also help in the delivery of the Council Plan’s aim to provide ‘homes to meet the need’.


Alternative Options Considered and Rejected


The Council could decide not to accept the funding available for year two but his was not recommended as it would not support the work of the Private Rented Accommodation Officer, Support Officer and Rough Sleeping Co-ordinator who was currently in post to reduce homelessness and rough sleeping in South Lakeland. There were no other options available to the Council at the time.

Publication date: 11/09/2020

Date of decision: 10/09/2020

Decided at meeting: 10/09/2020 - Delegated Executive Decisions

Effective from: 21/09/2020

Current call-in Count: 0

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