Worcester MP, Robin Walker has welcomed the announcement that councils across Worcestershire will receive £217,000 to help get people off the streets and into accommodation.

This additional funding for Worcester City forms part of the Conservative Government’s £100 million plan to end rough sleeping by 2027. This strategy in conjunction with homeless charities aims to prevent rough sleeping by providing timely support to those at risk, by intervening to help people already on the streets get support, and helping people recover, find a new home quickly and rebuild lives. Progress is already being made with the first fall in rough sleeping since 2010, and schemes like this will help ensure that no-one in Worcester needs to spend a night on the streets.

The funding will help Worcester City provide vulnerable people across Worcester with the specialist support they need. The money will be used to help rough sleepers into accommodation, increasing existing capacity and providing new temporary accommodation, including night shelters and hostel spaces. Worcester City Council will also be able to use this funding for additional staff to provide vulnerable rough sleepers with the advice and specialist support they need to get them off the streets.

Commenting on the Government’s commitment to help end rough sleeping, Robin said:

“The Government is focused on providing the right support to those who have fallen on hard times, and I am pleased to see more support for vulnerable people in Worcester, to help get off the streets and back on their feet. Alongside local initiatives such as the excellent Worcester Cares Campaign, this can make a real difference and tackle an issue that I have been raising on behalf of constituents.”

“This initiative will do just that, providing local authorities with the funding they need to provide the right support so that rough sleepers across Worcester can have a roof over the head.”

“No one should ever have to face a night on the streets, and the Government is committed to ending rough sleeping for good. This funding ensures support is focused where it is most needed.”

“I have long campaigned for more affordable living and was proud to back the Homelessness Reduction Act last year and this funding will add to that intervention.”

Communities Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said:

“The £100 million-backed Rough Sleeping Strategy sets out this government’s blueprint for ending rough sleeping for good.”

“We are taking the necessary steps to make that happen, already providing 2,600 additional beds and 750 more support staff for the most vulnerable people in our society.”

“But we must keep up the momentum and that’s why we are giving this funding to areas and projects that need it, ensuring progress continues to be made and people are given the help they need to turn their lives around.”

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Notes to editors

For more information on this announcement, see:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/james-brokenshire-confirms-funding-to-help-people-off-the-streets

For more of Robin’s recent statements on housing, see:

https://www.walker4worcester.com/robin-walker-mp-welcomes-10-new-city-flats-for-the-homeless/
https://www.walker4worcester.com/walker-hails-first-wave-of-infrastructure-funding-that-will-get-britain-building/
https://www.walker4worcester.com/robin-walker-mp-hails-budget-announcements-to-increase-supply-and-access-to-housing
https://www.walker4worcester.com/red-alert-over-collapse-in-new-affordable-housing-under-labour-2/
https://www.walker4worcester.com/walker-urges-britain-to-build-on-worcesters-housing-successes/
https://www.walker4worcester.com/6780-families-in-worcester-will-now-have-the-opportunity-to-buy-their-housing-association-home/

For more information on Worcester Municipal Charities please see:

http://www.wmcharities.org.uk/pdfs/thehistory-a4-12pg-v7-07-2017.pdf