The government is committed to halving rough sleeping by 2022, before ending it altogether and has now committed over £1.2 billion to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping over the spending review period to April 2020.
Whilst we recognise that suitable housing is a key part of the solution, health services have a significant role to play, alongside other public services. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is working with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to ensure that rough sleepers have the health care they need, when the need it. This includes several commitments that were made in the Rough Sleeping Strategy, such as:
We are continuing to work with colleagues in the DHSC, Public Health England and the Home Office on this issue, including through the forthcoming independent review of drugs policy, led by Professor Dame Carol Black.
At the start of September, the Chancellor announced the Spending Round outcome for the next financial year (2020/21). MHCLG secured £422 million funding for homelessness in 2020/21, an increase of £54 million. The Chancellor also announced an increase in the level of funding for the public health grant to bring it back up to the same level as last year. This means local authorities can continue to invest in prevention and essential front-line health services.