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Rough Sleepers

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Julie Hilling Julie Hilling Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the ruling in the case of OR v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Isle of Anglesey CC [2013] UKUT 06S (AAC) on the Government's delivery of the No Second Night Out initiative.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister for Housing

All local authorities have introduced a No Second Night Out scheme or signed up to doing so this year.

In London, No Second Night Out is making a big difference. The latest CHAIN 2012-13 annual data shows that No Second Night Out helped ensure that 75% of new rough sleepers spend just a single night on London's streets.

Elsewhere, in its year of operation, 683 people approached Merseyside's No Second Night Out hub for support (incorporating six local authorities) with only two returning to the streets.

We shall continue to review progress of the No Second Night Out which is offering real help to rough sleepers and reducing the time people spend on the streets.

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