Sleeping Rough: Coronavirus

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 11th January 2021.

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Photo of Thangam Debbonaire Thangam Debbonaire Shadow Secretary of State for Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2020 to Question 114247 on Sleeping Rough: Coronavirus, what progress he has made on allocating to local authorities the (a) £15 million of funding through the Protect Programme and (b) £10 million of funding through the Cold Weather Fund.

Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

On 14 December, we confirmed that an initial £10 million funding had been allocated for 19 areas, plus the Greater London Authority, under the Government’s £15 million ‘Protect Programme’. This is to provide accommodation for rough sleepers during the pandemic in areas that required extra support throughout winter. A full list of allocations can be found here:

The Cold Weather Fund has been made available to all local authorities and we asked that they submit their proposals by the 4 December. As of 17 December, we have confirmed allocations totalling £7.3 million to over 260 local authorities and are in the process of confirming the final allocations, where local authorities have applied.

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