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17 Mar 2016

Budget reaction: Welcome news for people sleeping on the streets but long term protection for supported housing needed

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In today’s Budget, the Chancellor announced new funding to tackle homelessness:

•    £100 million to deliver low-cost ‘second stage’ accommodation for rough sleepers leaving hostel accommodation and domestic abuse victims and their families moving on from refuges. This will provide at least 2,000 places to enable independent living for vulnerable households and individuals, freeing up hostels and refuges for those in most acute need
•    £10 million over two years to support and scale up innovative ways to prevent and reduce rough sleeping, particularly in London, building on the success of the No Second Night Out initiative
•    double the funding for the Rough Sleeping Social Impact Bond announced at the Autumn Statement 2015 from £5 million to £10 million, to drive innovative ways of tackling entrenched rough sleeping, including ‘Housing First’ approaches
•    Action to increase the number of rough sleeping EU migrants returning to their home countries. Building on the success of the Operation Adoze pilot, the government will roll out a new approach in which immigration officials work with Local Authorities and outreach workers to connect rough sleepers to services that can return them home

Howard Sinclair, St Mungo’s Chief Executive, said: “We are pleased the Chancellor has listened to and acted on representations about the rise in rough sleeping. Today’s announcement is welcome news for people sleeping on the streets and those at risk of homelessness.

Read St Mungo’s full press release

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