Friday, 15 May 2020

Campaign reply - 'No turning back'

I have recently been contacted by constituents as part of the ‘No turning back’ campaign about ending homelessness.

I have been pleased to see the Government make funding available for rough sleepers, or those at risk of rough sleeping, who  will be supported by £3.2 million of initial emergency funding if they need to self-isolate to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The funding has been made available to all local authorities in England and will reimburse them for the cost of providing accommodation and services to those sleeping on the streets to help them successfully self-isolate.

It is in addition to the £492 million committed in 2020 to 2021 to support the government’s ambition to end rough sleeping in this Parliament, a £124 million increase in funding from the previous year. 
This forms part of £643 million in funding to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping over the next four years.

This initial emergency response funding will ensure swift support is offered to people who are unable to self-isolate, such as those staying in night shelters or assessment hubs, as well as people who are currently sleeping rough.

I am sure the Government and Cornwall Council locally will do everything they can to support all parts of our society at this challenging time and I will support them in doing this, as well as in looking at ways to further reduce homelessness across our country in the future, such as with the national schemes we already have.