Rachel has welcomed a £100,000 funding boost for Redditch Borough Council to help rough sleepers off the streets for good.

The funding will support vital projects such as night shelters, specialist mental health or addiction services, and targeted advice support.

This funding is one part of an unprecedented £750 million investment this year to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping – part of the Government’s drive to end rough sleeping by 2024.

Analysis of the Rough Sleeping Initiative – now in its fourth year – shows that the programme has reduced rough sleeping by almost a third compared to areas which have not taken part in the programme.

Building on the past success of the programme, funding has almost doubled this year and will provide additional support to help those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Rough Sleeping Initiative was launched in 2018 to help councils provide tailored services to those living on the streets.

With this investment, the Government has now allocated almost £400 million to 281 councils through the programme – which supports coordinated projects across areas including housing, mental health, addiction support and domestic abuse.

Funding from previous years of the programme is already having a transformational effect at a local level with councils reporting significant falls in the number of rough sleepers.

Rachel said:

“By giving councils the funding they need, the Government has shown it is absolutely determined to end rough sleeping, and this funding will do this by providing additional bed spaces and vital services such as night shelters and addiction support services in Redditch.

“There is still more to do, and I’ll be working with the council and local organisations to ensure the additional funds are spent locally in the most effective way, to cut rough sleeping.”

Cllr Matt Dormer, Leader of Redditch Borough Council, added:

Redditch Borough Council has done an outstanding job in getting rough sleepers of the streets and into emergency accommodation during this pandemic. Their hard work and dedication has ensured all rough sleepers in Redditch are housed.

“This extra funding for the Borough Council will enable us to continue to do everything we can to ensure rough sleepers do not return to the streets. We’re determined to end rough sleeping once and for all.”