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Last edited 06 Feb 2021
Rough Sleeping Strategy
The government has pledged £100 million to help the homeless, from efforts to prevent them ending up on the streets in the first place, to providing support for mental health and addictions, and further funding for housing.
Communities Secretary James Brokenshire conceded that the £100m did not constitute entirely new funding, with half of it being “reprioritised” from existing budgets. He said; "Half of it is already being committed to homelessness and rough sleeping. The other remaining half is money that is new to rough sleeping and homelessness, reflecting and recognising priorities.”
Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, said: "This is a step forward and not a total fix for homelessness. We still need to tackle the chronic lack of genuinely affordable homes, deep instability of renting and problems with housing benefit that are leaving so many without a home."
Labour shadow Housing Secretary John Healey said that it was; "a feeble plan that lacks any urgency to tackle the crisis of rising rough sleeping", and reaffirmed that a Labour government would end rough sleeping within its first term by making 8,000 homes available to those with a history of sleeping on the streets.
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