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Prime Minister pledges new action to eliminate homelessness and rough sleeping

Monday 23 December 2019

More than £260 million has been committed by the Prime Minister for local authorities to support people who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes.

More than 300 councils across England will receive a share of the funding to support homeless people in their areas.

The funding will empower councils across England to provide the best services for local needs, helping those experiencing homelessness in their area to improve their lives and get back on their feet.

Councils can use the funding to employ specialists to provide practical advice to vulnerable people to help ensure they are meeting their rent payments, as well as helping them to find long-term stable accommodation.

 

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'It cannot be right in the 21st century that people are homeless or having to sleep on our streets, and this government will work tirelessly to bring this to an end.

This new funding is going to help councils provide better support to homeless people, and importantly, prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place.

The Prime Minister has also confirmed the Cold Weather Fund will receive an additional £3 million, taking the total to £13 million, to enhance support available for rough sleepers during the winter period.' - Boris Johnson Prime Minister 

 

This new action forms part of a wider strategy to tackle all forms of homelessness. The government is already investing £1.2 billion to tackle homelessness, and last year introduced ambitious new legislation, the Homelessness Reduction Act to ensure people at risk of becoming homeless get help more quickly, with councils receiving funding to support them in these duties.

Propertymark Great Agent Sleepout

More than 100 agents and industry suppliers braved the wind and rain to take part in Centrepoint's Big Sleepout on 21 November at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London to raise money for homeless young people. 

Donations can be made until 31 December in support of Centrepoint, the UK's leading youth homelessness charity which provides housing and support in London, Sunderland, Manchester, Yorkshire and the North East.

They provide practical on-the-ground support to homeless people age 16-25, focusing on providing a safe place to stay and the building blocks of independent life.  

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