Sleeping Rough

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 24th January 2020.

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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, with reference to the Rough Sleeping Strategy 2018, published in August 2018, what progress he has made on publishing annual strategy updates and a delivery plan.

Photo of Luke Hall Luke Hall Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

This Government is clear that no one should be without a roof over their head. That is why we have committed to ending rough sleeping by the end of this Parliament and to enforcing the Homelessness Reduction Act.

In August 2018, we published the Rough Sleeping Strategy, which set out an ambitious £100 million package to help people who sleep rough now and to put in place structures that will end rough sleeping once and for all. We published a delivery plan in December 2018, setting out progress to date, as well as milestones and expected delivery dates for each for the 61 commitments made in the Strategy. The Government has already committed over £1.2 billion to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping over the spending review period to April 2020. In 2020/21, we are providing a further £422 million to tackle homelessness. This marks a £54 million increase on what Government provided in 2019/20.

We are working with partners across government to develop plans to deliver our manifesto commitment and Ministers will be considering plans for a Strategy as part of this process.

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