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The government has vowed to end rough sleeping on England's streets by 2027.
It has promised £100m "to help people turn their lives around", including support for mental health and addictions, and funding for housing.
Homelessness has been on the rise for the past seven years, with around 4,750 people estimated to be sleeping rough on any given night in England in 2017.
The Rough Sleeping Strategy, to be announced by Communities Secretary James Brokenshire today will focus on preventing people from becoming homeless in the first place by offering a range of support.About £30 million will be spent on mental health help and treatment for substance misuse as part of the proposals, which were developed in conjunction with charities and experts.
This will include training for staff on how to help people affected by the illegal drug Spice - a synthetic cannabinoid that 90-95% of homeless people in Manchester are estimated to use.
In addition, the government will put about £50m towards homes outside London for those who are ready to move on from hostels or refuges.
Rough sleepers will also be helped to access services and accommodation by a network of specialist "navigators".Full/source article Responding, housing and homelessness organisations who were part of the strategy’s Rough Sleeping Advisory Group¹ issued a joint statement saying:“This strategy is a significant step towards the government’s goal of ending rough sleeping by 2027, which will make a real difference to people’s lives. As members of the advisory panel, we welcome the new funding commitment for dedicated outreach teams and for emergency bed spaces, while the announcement of nationwide trials of a ‘somewhere safe to stay’ duty² and the review of the vagrancy act have the potential to pave the way for desperately needed reforms, preventing people sleeping rough. “However, for the strategy to work, the government must also set out bold, cross-departmental plans to tackle the root causes of all forms of homelessness, and prevent it from happening in the first place. This must include plans to build significantly more social housing, to foster greater security for renters, to ensure people have access to benefits and other support they need to help them keep their homes. We also need to see a reversal of policies that leave migrants homeless and destitute, and healthcare, mental health and substance misuse services that are available and truly accessible to those who need it.“To end rough sleeping by 2027, the government must build on today’s welcome announcement and set out plans to prevent homelessness from occurring in the first place. The ambitious target that the government has set itself will only be achieved if it is equally bold on addressing the polices that cause rough sleeping.”Responding further Rick Henderson, Chief Executive of Homeless Link, said:“Homeless Link welcomes this strategy as a positive starting point setting out a range of initiatives that could make a significant impact on reducing rough sleeping. However, to end rough sleeping for good the Government will need to ensure this plan is built on and prioritises tackling the structural causes of homelessness including action on reducing poverty, urgently addressing the chronic shortage of low cost housing and ensuring an effective welfare safety net.”SEE ALSO - What causes homelessness in the UK?UP NEXT - Homelessness - you ain't seen nothing yet!DON'T MISS - Housing crisis? You ain't seen nothing yet! A "perfect storm" is brewing.NOW WATCH: Video recording from October 2015.
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I watched the MP Brokenshire - no mention of the attacks on landlords
This is the problem we have with government - they are arrogant and will not listen to our sector
Well they are the creators of homelessness.
Learn Change and Adapt ?????
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Interesting to hear the minister on radio this morning made a specific point to release more houses from the PRS.
Does this mean more taxation to come in the form of extra SDLT and a ramping up of S24 in the Autumn budget?
Responding to the Government’s £100 million plan to end rough sleeping by 2027, David Orr, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation says:
“People sleeping on the streets because they don’t have a home of their own is a desperate situation and one that needs to be tackled as a matter of urgency.
“We welcome the Government’s intent to end rough sleeping by 2027. There is much to be valued in this strategy – practical measures and new funding that will really help ease the current situation. But if we’re to bring about a lasting end to rough sleeping we need targeted investment in new homes for rough sleepers, a significant increase in homes for social rent overall, and a full assessment of the impact of welfare reform on rough sleeping.”
Yet again the bleeding heart liberals witter on about rough sleeping.
Nobody need be homeless.
It is a choice.
Most of those in London could easily move up North to cheap rental properties.
They refuse to do this.
As for homeless migrants they should be deported.
There is more than enough suitable accommodation throughout the UK for everyone to be housed.
It is just people refuse to live where they could but can't where they want to.
That is their choice.
If that means they end up rough slseping that is their fault.
Spot on Paul
Despite all this I do believe that these homeless should be offered support more than any normal person would expect to receive.
They are mostly socially dysfunctional people and require additional welfare support over and above what most of us would receive.
It does society no good if these people are abandoned
Sometimes society just has to spend a bit more on these types.
It can be frustrating for those who are struggling and striving to see these types receiving assistance they can only dream about.
I resent my tax monies being spent on these types but I accept that the undeserving sometimes have to be given extra help in an effort to move them away from their mostly self inflicted damaging lifestyles.
Early intervention must be the key.
However I would require such assistance be compulsory.
So compulsory deportation to decent accommodation anywhere in the UK with an appropriate support package being assigned to them.
The State must force support onto these people in an effort to ensure the support is effective and to ensure the State doesn't have to continually waste resources on supporting those who refuse to buckle down.
A modern version of the Victorian Workhouse?
A return to the old style County Asylums?
In reality those are the only solutions that could work. But when you have a government that doesn't even want to keep drugs out of the prisons and an embedded culture of political correctness and individual rights - well, my money is on rough sleeping continuing for some time yet.
So what should all the homeless in the North do. Move further North.
It is not a choice. But the reasons homelessness is going through the roof is due to lack of choice. S24, Landlords leaving in droves, Freeze on HB, Higher taxes on Landlords. Why would any landlord touch HB or Homeless anymore. I used to, probably half my portfolio where HB. Now just a few historical and NEVER AGAIN.
I'd laugh if it wasn't so sad. £100m. Won't touch the surface.
All the extra tax they've taken from landlords, they are losing 10 fold in Temporary accommodation. They will lose 100 fold when HB goes through the roof to catch up with rents due to lack of affordability due to lack of choice due to.........S24, Landlords leaving in droves....repeat repeat.
I've said it before. The real crisis will kick in 2020. Just wait until 2025.
The only reason I say move North is because that is where the costs are cheaper.
So perhaps should have said deport the homeless to cheaper areas of the country but to decent accommodation.
Nobody on welfare has the right to live where they want to.
Welfare reductions etc must mean even social housing tenants are subject to economics.
Just because accommodation is cheaper doesn't mean it is not fit for purpose.
There are I'm sure good quality housing that is cheap in less desirable parts of the UK.
That is where the homeless must be sent.
One accepts the Statutory housing responsibility but that doesn't mean in an expensive area.
The homeless have every right to decent housing but not where they might wish to be.
They go where the cheap but decent accommodation is.
Most of them will have to get used to provincial life as they are forced out of the big cities.
It is often remarked on by LL that cheap accommodation is available cos no-one wants it.
Homeless simply are beggars and therefore cannot be choosers!
Personalky I believe more suppirted communal living would help these homeless.
I would model it on the Chelsea Pensioner hospital.
The pensioners hand over all their income and in exchange they are well looked after.
I don't believe just putting someone homeless in decent accommodation solves their problems.
Far more support is required.
So far there isn't really a State response to this dilemma.
Many charities do offer this type of facility so perhaps Govt should contract these experienced charities to deliver this comnunal support.The homeless need more than decent accommodation..Govt is not looking at the problem from a holistic perspective
More enlightened thinking is required from Govt.
Which won't ever happen
The Chsrities are more effective here and that is why Govt should fund them to take over the burden of sorting out the homeless..Charities can do the job; they just need more money to do so!