Councils under pressure to publish homelessness strategies by end of 2019


Saturday, December 8, 2018

Councils will be put under pressure to publish detailed strategies on how they plan to tackle homelessness by the end of 2019, the housing secretary has announced. 

Local authorities will be expected to set out detailed plans on what specialist support and accommodation they will provide for people living on the streets, Jame Brokenshire has said.

The move is part of a government push to end rough sleeping by 2027, which will include putting work coaches in every Jobcentre Plus, as well as carrying out surveys into the links between the LGBT community and those who are homeless.

Ministers have also launched an £11 million fund to help councils get people off the streets and into secure accommodation.



Mr Brokenshire said the plan sets the "foundations to put an end to rough sleeping altogether by 2027".

"No-one is predestined to spend their lives sleeping on the streets. Yet despite this, too many people still sleep rough on any given night," he added.

However, Greg Beales, a campaign director at charity Shelter, said the government plans were not a "total fix" for homelessness.

""We still need to tackle the shortage of genuinely affordable homes and housing benefit issues that lie at the root of this problem," he said.