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Sleeping Rough: Care Leavers

Department for Education written question – answered on 5th December 2018.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Co-National Campaign Coordinator, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2018 to Question 188024 on Care Leavers: Rough Sleeping, whether his Department consulted with representatives of local authorities prior to their announcement of additional funding for local authority areas to employ specialist personal advisers.

Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Co-National Campaign Coordinator, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2018 to Question 188024 on Care Leavers: Rough Sleeping, how many specialist personal advisers his Department estimates will be provided as a result of the additional funding announced.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

In the recently announced Rough Sleeping Strategy, the government committed to provide funding to 47 local authorities totalling £3.2 million per year to employ specialist Personal Advisers to provide intensive support to care leavers at highest risk of rough sleeping.

This funding will enable local authorities to employ a total of 68 specialist Personal Advisers, who will support up to 680 young people leaving care to secure and sustain suitable accommodation.

The Rough Sleeping Strategy was developed with support from the Rough Sleeping Advisory Panel. The advisory panel includes representatives from three local authorities, representatives from Mayoral offices of London, West Midlands and Greater Manchester, as well as the Local Government Association.

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