According to Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, the number of rough sleepers has risen 169% since 2010. Plans for a homelessness reduction taskforce to focus on prevention and affordable housing are intended to help the government achieve its aim of eliminating rough sleeping by 2027.
In March 2018, then Communities Secretary Sajid Javid set out a cross-government plan of action to reduce the number of people sleeping rough. The plan included a new Rough Sleeping Team made up of rough sleeping and homelessness experts, as well as a £30 million fund for local authorities with high numbers of people sleeping rough.
The Rough Sleeping and Homelessness Reduction Taskforce met for the first time in March 2018 , and has contributed to the Rough Sleeping Strategy, published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in August 2018. The strategy sets out how the government intends to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and completely end it by 2027.
The homelessness reduction taskforce been set up and has contributed to the Rough Sleeping Strategy. This manifesto pledge can be marked as ‘done’.
Want to know more?
- New government initiative to reduce rough sleeping – Gov.uk
- Rough Sleeping Strategy – gov.uk
- Government to lead national effort to end rough sleeping – Gov.uk
- New government backed advisory panel commits to help eradicate rough sleeping – Gov.uk
- Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 – Legislation.gov.uk
- The homelessness monitor: England 2018 – Crisis