James welcomes additional funding to tackle rough sleeping

James Brokenshire has welcomed news that local authorities will receive further funding to tackle rough sleeping this year to support some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

The Government has announced that councils will receive a share of an additional £112 million through the Rough Sleeping Initiative to help get people off the streets and in to safe and secure accommodation.

This builds on James’ commitment to combat rough sleeping during his time as Communities Secretary through the introduction of the Rough Sleeping Strategy, as part of the Rough Sleeping Initiative. The Rough Sleeping Initiative has reduced the number of vulnerable people sleeping rough in the areas it has been operating by 32 per cent since its introduction in 2018 and is a central pillar of the government’s strategy to end rough sleeping completely by 2024.

It also underlines the Prime Minister’s drive to end homelessness and the announcement before Christmas of £260 million for local authorities to help people who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes get back on their feet.

Commenting, James said:

“I am delighted that funding to tackle rough sleeping for local councils will increase by £112 million this year.”

“This Conservative government has shown it is absolutely determined to end rough sleeping, and I was especially pleased to see the government bring forward its target of achieving this from 2027 to 2024 at the last election. “

“There is still a lot more we can do, and I’ll be working with the council and local organisations to ensure that no one in our area has to sleep out in the cold this winter.”