The Local Government Association has done a study on how everyone pound of council tax received is spent on different services by local authorities in England, and they have projected how this is likely to change by 2020.
Inevitably between 2010/11 and 2019/20, the proportion spent on the care for vulnerable adults and on looking after children will increase significantly.
The amount spent on caring for vulnerable adults will increase from 28.08p from every council tax pound spent to 39.89p.
Similarly, for looking after children it increases from 13.0p to 20.4p.
Bin collection goes from 6.56p to 9.81p.
But the amount spent on homelessness services reduces from 4.8p in every council tax pound spent to 3.03p.
How can this be achieved? Either we will see a significant increase in the number of homeless people on our streets, or else we have to massively reduce the number of homeless people now and by having better prevention measures in place.
It requires upfront investment, and a good dose of political will and determination.