Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride, who serves as a Government Minister in HM Treasury, has welcomed the allocation of £1.2million to support rough sleepers in Devon. The funding follows the launch of the Government’s £100million strategy to tackle rough sleeping on England’s streets. At the heart of the plan is a focus on helping people turn their lives around including support for mental health problems and substance addictions.

    £34million of the £100million has been allocated to the 83 local authorities with high levels of rough sleeping including 4 in Devon. £445,000 has been allocated to Exeter, £335,000 to Plymouth, £230,000 to Torbay and £210,000 to North Devon.

    Mr Stride said:

    “I am very encouraged that the allocations of funding for councils with high levels of rough sleeping have been made so quickly and that the Government has shown its determination to tackle rough sleeping in every corner of England, not just in our largest cities. This essential funding will help local authorities get to the bottom of why someone is sleeping rough and help find a permanent solution, not just a short-term fix.”

    With the proportion of rough sleepers that are addicted to, or using drugs, exceeding 95% in some cities, tackling both drug and alcohol addiction has been cited as a major aim of the Government’s strategy. Another priority is making sure those released from prison have suitable accommodation and do not end up on the streets – an issue Mr Stride discussed first-hand during a visit to HM Prison Channings Wood near Newton Abbot.