Chloe Smith, Member of Parliament for Norwich North has welcomed news that Norwich will receive additional funding to tackle rough sleeping.
This week, it was announced by James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, that Norwich City Council will receive £260,669 of extra funding to tackle rough sleeping. This figure is Norwich’s allocation from Central Government of the targeted £30m Rough Sleeping Initiative fund. This fund is being made available to support those sleeping rough and those at risk of sleeping rough in 83 local authorities with the highest numbers of rough sleeping.
This comes on top of £146,194 which the council received for 2018/19 from the Flexible Homelessness Support Grant, which is intended for local authorities to use strategically to prevent and tackle homelessness in their areas.
The Conservative Government is committed to halving rough sleeping by 2022 and eliminating it altogether by 2027. They are investing £1.2 billion of funding to 2020, which includes: £315 million of funding to local authorities; £197 million of central government funding for homelessness programmes; £100 million to deliver low-cost move-on accommodation places, for people leaving hostels and refuges to make a sustainable recovery; and £617 million in Flexible Homelessness Support Grants.
Chloe has recently written to the Norfolk Constabulary showing her support for their work following the find of a tent filled with drugs needles in the city centre, as well as local councils to press them to use these funds, and has called for all agencies in the city to work together to tackle this issue.
Chloe comments: “I welcome this funding which will help people directly in Norwich. Many partners including the city council must continue to work together to put this money to best use to help rough sleepers. My constituents are looking for reassurance that those who need help are getting it, but also that other street issues such as drugs are being dealt with effectively. The police are working hard and have my full support, especially as they move to their new model with more police officers able to deal with crime, but the issues are complex and this needs people to work together.”
For further information, please visit: https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-06-11/HCWS754/
For Full breakdown of the funding breakdown, please visit: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/715001/Rough_sleeping_allocations.pdf