Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 16th September 2021.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what lessons the Government has learnt from its covid-19 homeless strategy having enabled people to (a) live in single-person accommodation and (b) gain confidence in independent living.

Photo of Eddie Hughes Eddie Hughes Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

We are regularly taking into account the lessons learned from our ongoing pandemic response, including Everyone In and the Protect Programme.

Everyone In provided a unique opportunity to support people sleeping rough and has transformed local provision in many areas, such as through the continued use of single-person accommodation. This year we are providing £202 million for the Rough Sleeping Initiative (RSI) which will build on past successes and provide ongoing support to those who need it. However we are clear that local authorities are best placed to make decisions about how to support their cohort. The RSI 21/22 through its design allows us to continue to work closely with local authorities to ensure tailored support is offered to all individuals, alongside stable, affordable accommodation.

We have also announced a £3 million Homelessness Transformation Fund to enable community and faith groups to provide single-room COVID-secure accommodation this winter. The £433 million Rough Sleeping Accommodation Programme will also provide 6,000 move-on homes, available as long-term assets, and accompanying support services to those who are rough sleeping or who have a history of sleeping rough.

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