The government has announced further details of its strategy to half rough sleeping by 2022 and eradicate it completely by 2027.
As part of its rough sleeping delivery plan, released today, the government has published targets and deadlines for a total of 61 commitments to help rid the nation of rough sleeping.
The commitments are split across the following categories: under 2027 vision; prevention; intervention; and recovery.
These commitments include work coaches for every Jobcentre Plus by summer 2019, a winter 2019 deadline for councils to publish strategies for combatting homelessness, and the execution of a government study on the links between homelessness and the LGBT demographic, for release in summer 2019.
The government has also announced a new £11m fund for councils to use to secure accommodation for the homeless. It expects this money, on top of the £64m promised over the next two years to 80 English councils, to create 1,750 bed spaces and to fund 500 outreach workers. Furthermore, a new £5m fund will be made available to help non-UK nationals off the streets.
According to charity Homeless Link, cases of rough sleeping – defined as people sleeping in the open air – stood at approximately 1,768 in 2010, and 4,751 in 2017 – a jump of 168 per cent. Rises have occurred within this time frame in all regions of England bar the North East, where numbers have decreased.
Secretary of state Hames Brokenshire says: “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. This new action plan sets out the next steps to making this goal a reality.
“And while we are already seeing progress, I am clear we must go further than ever to achieve our ambition of a country in which no-one needs to sleep rough.”
On 30 November, over 1,000 people from the mortgage industry spent the night sleeping rough at various locations in the UK, raising over £100,000 for charity End Youth Homelessness in the process.
Additionally, stalwarts of the mortgage industry under the guise of MIC – which stands for ‘Mortgage Industry Collective’ – have also produced a charity Christmas single to highlight the homelessness issue. Written by Landbay Intermediaries managing director Paul Brett and performed by many in the industry, it will be hitting your favourite streaming site soon.