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  • £100MILLION GOVERNMENT STRATEGY TO TACKLE ROUGH SLEEPING IN ENGLAND

    Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride, who serves as a Government Minister in HM Treasury, has described the Government’s £100million strategy to tackle rough sleeping on England’s streets as “a major step forward in helping some of the most vulnerable in our society”. Much of the strategy will focus on helping people turn their lives around including support for mental health and addictions, with £30million focused on these areas.


    Figures for the number of rough sleepers is calculated per 10,000 people and is estimated to be 0.5 in Teignbridge, 0.9 in Mid Devon, 1.0 in East Devon and zero in West Devon. These are the four council areas that fall within Mr Stride’s Central Devon constituency.


    Mr Stride said:


    “Rough sleeping in Central Devon is below the national average, but a single person sleeping rough is still one person too many. The Government is right to put prevention at the heart of their strategy, including a focus on ensuring suitable accommodation for those leaving prison so they don’t end up on the streets, as well as putting significant funding towards mental health and addiction support. In some cities the proportion of rough sleepers that are addicted to, or use drugs, can exceed 95%.”


    The Government’s strategy will build upon the Homelessness Reduction Act of 2017 which brought in key changes as of 3rd April of this year giving local authorities more responsibility to help homeless people or those at risk of becoming homeless.







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