Moves to com­bat rough sleep­ing

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Uk & World News -

COUN­CILS will be urged to pub­lish de­tailed home­less­ness strate­gies by next win­ter un­der Gov­ern­ment plans to end rough sleep­ing by 2027.

Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties will be asked to set out how they plan to pro­vide spe­cial­ist sup­port and ac­com­mo­da­tion for vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple liv­ing on the street, Hous­ing Sec­re­tary James Bro­ken­shire an­nounced.

The Gov­ern­ment’s ac­tion plan to com­bat rough sleep­ing also sets out mea­sures to put work coaches into ev­ery Job­cen­tre Plus, as well as car­ry­ing out a sur­vey into the links be­tween home­less­ness and the LGBT com­mu­nity.

Min­is­ters have also launched an £11 mil­lion fund to help coun­cils get peo­ple off the streets and into se­cure ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Mr Bro­ken­shire said the plan sets the “foun­da­tions to put an end to rough sleep­ing al­to­gether by 2027”.

He said: “No-one is predestined to spend their lives sleep­ing on the streets. Yet de­spite this, too many peo­ple still sleep rough on any given night.

“That is why we are tak­ing ac­tion to pro­vide sup­port to help get peo­ple off the street this win­ter and set the foun­da­tions to put an end to rough sleep­ing al­to­gether by 2027.”

Min­is­ters will pub­lish their Rough Sleep­ing De­liv­ery Plan on Mon­day.

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