DISTRICT COUNCILS RESPOND TO ANNOUNCEMENT OF ROUGH SLEEPING MONEY
Responding to the government announcement of money to tackle rough sleeping and substance misuse, Cllr Tom Beattie, Vice Chair of the District Councils’ Network, said:
“This funding is welcome investment and also recognises the challenging health issues many people sleeping rough face.
“Councils, landlords, charities and other partners have worked hard to keep rough sleepers off the streets and are doing all they can to avoid people becoming homeless.
“It is really important that the housing crisis is at the centre of the Government’s exit strategy, as part of its recovery effort to support people as we come through this pandemic.
“This new funding needs to also be accompanied by other long-term measures to prevent homelessness, such as permanently lifting housing benefit for tenants in private rented housing, increased funding for councils to prevent homelessness, and to invest in a renaissance of council house building to create homes, jobs and growth.”