Sleeping Rough

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 14th July 2017.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to eliminate rough sleeping by 2027.

Photo of Marcus Jones Marcus Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Local Government)

Nobody should ever have to sleep rough and this Government will aim to halve rough sleeping over the course of the parliament and eliminate it altogether by 2027. To achieve this we will set up a new homelessness reduction taskforce and pilot a Housing First approach to tackle rough sleeping.

We have already allocated £30 million of funding specifically to support rough sleepers, including people at risk of sleeping rough, new rough sleepers and those with the most complex needs.

In addition, the Government backed and is now implementing the Homelessness Reduction Act which requires councils to provide support to people earlier.

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