LGA responds to Rough Sleeping Strategy

"We are pleased to see the Government’s Rough Sleeping Strategy published, which has been backed up by financial support, to tackle the tragedy that is rough sleeping and homelessness."


Homeless man sat down under a walk way with his head in his hands

Responding to the publication of ‘Ending rough sleeping for good’, the Government’s Rough Sleeping Strategy, Cllr David Renard, housing spokesperson for the Local Government Association, said:

“One rough sleeper is one too many for councils, so we are pleased to see the Government’s Rough Sleeping Strategy published today, which has been backed up by financial support, to tackle the tragedy that is rough sleeping and homelessness.

“Better access to mental health and drug and alcohol support for people sleeping rough will give those who are struggling with these additional burdens the support they need to recover, and a cross-government commitment that no one will leave a public institution, such as a hospital or prison, to the streets is a strong preventative measure that will make a real difference.

“More supported housing and use of the Housing First approach nationally is a positive step, and we are pleased at the focus on investing in the relationships between housing and adult social care for vulnerable people sleeping rough who require supported housing.

“Data is key for councils, and we’re glad to see the rollout of better and more frequent rough sleeping figures, now seen quarterly instead of annually, but more detail is needed on what support there will be for councils to implement this.

“Additionally, we are concerned that the strategy fails to introduce anything new to address the national lack of affordable housing, or around preventing destitution for No Recourse for Public Funds (NRPF) customers, and councils would like to see the current welfare policy reformed.

“The strategy makes some positive steps towards the ultimate goal of ending rough sleeping, and councils and the LGA look forward to continuing to work with government to develop and implement any new plans.”