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Sleeping Rough

Question for Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

UIN 72412, tabled on 9 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, in the context of the Government’s commitment to end rough sleeping by 2024, what recent progress his Department has made in forming a strategy to meet that commitment.

Answered on

19 November 2021

The Government is fully committed to ending rough sleeping within this Parliament and has already made considerable progress to reduce rough sleeping. Much of this work provided the capacity to deliver Everyone In response during the pandemic both locally and nationally.

The Annual Rough Sleeping Snapshot for 2020 showed that there was a 37% decrease in rough sleeping levels from last year.

Our work continues to focus on helping people find longer term accommodation, providing multi-disciplinary support as well as supporting those new to the street. The department is working with partners across government and the sector to consider the role of health, justice, immigration, and employment, alongside housing.

The Government will be spending £2 billion to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping over the next three years, including an 85% increase in resource funding in cash terms in 2024/25 compared to 2019/20.