Sleeping Rough

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 11th March 2019.

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Photo of Neil Coyle Neil Coyle Labour, Bermondsey and Old Southwark

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how the £100 million investment in the Government's Rough Sleeping Strategy will be spent; over what timescale that money will be spend; and how much of that funding will be allocated to local authorities.

Photo of Heather Wheeler Heather Wheeler Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Government is committed to reducing homelessness and ending rough sleeping. No one should ever have to sleep rough. That is why we published the cross-government Rough Sleeping Strategy. This sets out an ambitious £100 million package to help people who sleep rough now, but also puts in place the structures that will end rough sleeping once and for all. The Government has now committed over £1.2 billion to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping over the spending review period. In its first year, the Rough Sleeping Initiative provided over 1,750 new bed spaces and 500 staff.

As part of the Strategy, we recently announced:

· funding for the 53 Early Adopter local authorities, including 11 Somewhere Safe to Stay hubs as part of our Rapid Rehousing Pathway that will spend around £16 million over 2018-19 and 2019-20;

· the opening of the 2019/20 funding round for the Rapid Rehousing Pathway, worth up to £26 million;

· just over £6 million, beginning in 2019-20, for piloting support and suitable accommodation tailored for those leaving prison;

· provisional allocations for £34 million in funding for 2019-20 through the Rough Sleeping Initiative to help tackle rough sleeping; and

· an £11 million fund in 2019-20 for local authorities areas outside the 83 local authorities we are already funding through the Rough Sleeping Initiative.

The remaining funding will include £5 million to support non-UK nationals who are sleeping rough, and funding to deliver the remaining Rough Sleeping Strategy commitments, including training packages for frontline staff as well as improving data and accountability structures around homelessness and rough sleeping.

We are committed to working with all local authorities as we move towards a country where no one should sleep rough and the majority of our programmes are delivered through local authorities and their partners.

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