Government Announces New Measures to Tackle Rough Sleeping

Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, has announced new measures which are aimed to tackle the problem of rough sleeping. £30 million will be made available to local councils with a new rough sleeping team being appointed from across Government departments.

Javid said in a statement:

“This winter has tragically claimed the lives of a number of people sleeping on the streets. This is completely unacceptable in modern Britain. No one should ever have to sleep rough and this government is determined to break the homelessness cycle once and for all.

Tackling the causes of rough sleeping is undoubtedly complex but we must do all we can – working across central and local government, the voluntary and charity sector – to help the most vulnerable in society and eliminate rough sleeping for good”.

John Healey, the Shadow Housing Secretary, said that more funding was needed and added:

“You can’t help the homeless if you won’t provide the homes, and the money announced here is less than 1% of the Conservatives’ annual cut to funding for new low-cost housing”.