Helping Milton Keynes rough sleepers

The Government has provided Milton Keynes Council with £240k to boost the immediate support available to people living on the streets and help them into accommodation.

Councils across England with the highest numbers of rough sleepers will receive a share of £30million of funding to significantly increase the support they are able to offer people now and also those at risk this coming winter.

Funding will be used to provide an additional 1,750 additional bed spaces for rough sleepers and an additional 531 dedicated homelessness workers across England. The funding will also help improve the co-ordination of services available to those in need and at risk.

Next month government will publish its long-term Rough Sleeping Strategy that has been developed in partnership with charities and local government. It will set out a comprehensive plan to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and eliminate it entirely by 2027 by ensuring those sleeping rough have appropriate routes away from the streets – and prevent them from sleeping rough in the first place.