Dan Peters 05 November 2020

Councils asked to review rough sleeping plans

Councils have been asked to review their plans and ensure every rough sleeper is offered somewhere safe to go to help protect them from COVID-19.

All councils will have to update their rough sleeping plans by the end of the year, providing an overview of their support.

They will also be asked to carry out a rapid assessment of need for everyone they accommodate and to consider time-limited interventions for those rough sleeping now or new to street homelessness.

A further £15m has been allocated to provide accommodation for rough sleepers during the pandemic alongside the ongoing Everyone In campaign, which has helped move more than 19,000 people into settled accommodation.

Boroughs in London, which accounts for two-thirds of all homelessness in England, are among those braced for a rise in rough sleeping.

Areas with high numbers of rough sleepers such as London, Bristol and Brighton and Hove will receive extra support.

Communities secretary Robert Jenrick said: ‘The way we have protected rough sleepers from COVID-19 is widely considered to be the best in the world.’

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