Nutrition: Homelessness

Health written question – answered on 12th June 2014.

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Photo of David Crausby David Crausby Labour, Bolton North East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to co-ordinate healthy eating initiatives among the homeless.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Department supports the Inclusion Health programme which champions the health and health care of vulnerable groups, including homeless people. The programme seeks to improve the health data for these groups, and set out practical steps for assessing needs (for example, through Joint Strategic Needs Assessments) and commissioning services. We are also involved in funding work in this area through the Homeless Hospital Discharge Fund to improve hospital discharge arrangements for people who are homeless (£10 million in 2013-14) and £40 million capital fund for hostel refurbishment with a focus on improving health outcomes (2014-15).

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