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Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank the hon. Lady for her questions. I hope she recognises, and I think she did at the beginning, that this Government have put £700 million into homelessness and rough sleeping support this year alone. That is unprecedented support, and it is decisive action that this Government took in dealing with the covid crisis. Although I strongly object to the fact that many have returned to the...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my hon. Friend for highlighting the wraparound services that organisations within local authorities provide to some of those individuals who are experiencing complex issues, such as substance misuse and mental health concerns. I am grateful that she highlighted the Housing First pilot projects, and we are encouraging and working with local authorities to get individuals who need such...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I respect the hon. Gentleman’s comments, but he is completely incorrect in relation to this Government’s ongoing support for rough sleepers during the pandemic. We carried out an unprecedented and world-leading programme in Everyone In, we worked with local authorities constructively and intensively to develop programmes for the continuation of that support through Next Steps and Move On,...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: My hon. Friend is absolutely right: it is by the good practice of councils such as Rugby Borough Council and programmes of that nature that they are able to work with those families and individuals before there is a need for them to sleep rough or become homeless—it is prevention. We know that since we implemented the Homelessness Reduction Act, that has had a significant impact in many...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank the hon. Member for his comments and articulation of the work that has been done by the Government and many local authorities and the voluntary and charitable sector in the covid-19 pandemic. He is absolutely right that we need to monitor and make sure we are working intensively with local authorities to understand the needs and the challenges. That is why we are working with local...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my hon. Friend for his comments and it was a pleasure to attend the APPG. I also thank him for his work in this area, for which he is a passionate advocate. Housing First is a great pilot, and we have continued to make sure that we can get individuals through those schemes, even during the pandemic. We are working with those sites to make sure that we can maximise that funding and...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I refute the assumption that rough sleeping numbers are increasing because of the action taken during the pandemic. If we look at the snapshot, we see that in actual fact at September there was a significant reduction in rough sleeping compared with last year. We have been working hard with local authorities in order that everyone who had been brought on to the Everyone In scheme has stayed...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my hon. Friend for his comment and pay tribute to those not only in his constituency but throughout the country who are working and have worked incredibly hard over the summer and through the pandemic to make sure that those individuals have had the help and support they require. He is absolutely right that this funding is part of our next steps to reach our target and make sure that...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: The hon. Lady highlights the plight of young people and the particular challenges that they face during the pandemic because of the types of work and sectors they are involved in. It is true that we have placed a ban on evictions and, before the announcement of the restrictions for this month, evictions were not taking place in areas in tier 3. That is obviously the case for this month, and...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my hon. Friend for what he has said and it is a pleasure to be answering his question. He is absolutely right. Throughout the pandemic, we have been working with local authorities on an individual basis to understand the needs and challenges that are driving homelessness within those areas. I am committed to doing exactly that to make sure that we understand all those individual...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: The hon. Gentleman raises an important point, but, as I have outlined, we have asked bailiffs to pause evictions over the Christmas period and that is something that we will monitor and keep under review. It is absolutely right that we have taken this action, and the Secretary of State took it quickly and swiftly. We are still committed to abolishing section 21, but legislation must be...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: My hon. Friend is right to highlight again the vital role that our veterans have played in keeping this country safe. I am sure that everyone across this House feels, as I do, a great sadness and deep concern for those veterans who face hard times and are in very difficult circumstances. They have priority when it comes to the reduction of homelessness and will continue to do so. We will...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: The hon. Lady asks about families and children in temporary accommodation.  I, too, have concerns about any families and young people having to live their lives in temporary accommodation. As I have outlined, that is why this Government are investing in the Move On programme and the Next Steps accommodation programme. We are also committed to investing long-term in our housebuilding...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: We are working with local authorities to ensure that the support is trickling down to exactly where it is needed. We are working intensively with local authorities on plans for how that money will be spent, and on the impact on the ground. If my right hon. Friend has any further details, I will happily take up this issue. Indeed, if any Member across the House has any particular local issues,...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: The Government have invested heavily in support for homelessness, particularly through the rough sleeping initiative. Liverpool is part of Housing First, which is one of the pilot projects to help rough sleepers, who have multiple complex needs. I hope that the numbers of people moving into that pilot will soon increase in Liverpool. The hon. Gentleman mentions an important point about...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: You will have to excuse me, Mr Speaker; I fell down the stairs yesterday, so I am struggling to do the bobbing up and down. My hon. Friend is absolutely right. I would like to praise the work of Dorset Council, which has been able to continue to reduce rough sleeping. We hope that we will be able to share information with colleagues in other areas to ensure that, where there is great practice...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I will happily meet the hon. Lady to discuss that. She has highlighted an issue that affects not only people sleeping rough but those who are at threat of being made homeless. It transcends the two categories, so I would be happy to discuss it further.

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: The Government are investing more than £150 million in permanent accommodation, delivering 3,300 units, to give an asset to the country that will provide properties for individuals who are sleeping rough and who are then able to come into the system. That is an amazing step forward. It is the biggest investment in this kind of housing since the early ’90s, and I thank my hon. Friend for...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: As I have already outlined, those who have no recourse to public funds do work with local authorities. Local authorities already assess those individuals who are in need and make decisions on whether they can lawfully provide support within that area and for those individuals’ needs. It is simply not true to say that we will be removing individuals on the grounds that they are sleeping...

Covid-19 Lockdown: Homelessness and Rough Sleepers (11 Nov 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my hon. Friend and, yes, I totally will. I have already met Andy Street to discuss the issues within the area. I am very grateful for the work that he and others have been leading, such as Jean Templeton from Saint Basils, who has been doing a tremendous job up there, and for the leadership of young people in that area. I look forward to continuing to work with all parts of the...


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