Rachel has welcomed the latest figures that show rough sleeping in Redditch fell by 71% last year.

The latest rough sleeping snapshot in England, which was published last Thursday (February 27th), found rough sleeping in the town is now at its lowest level in four years.

Across England overall the snapshot found rough sleeping fell by 9% last year – the second annual fall in a row.

It follows a recent announcement from the Government that councils will receive a share of an additional £112 million through the Rough Sleeping Initiative to help get people off the streets and in to safe and secure accommodation. Worcestershire will receive a share of £672,308 from this fund in 2020.

Last week the Government also announced an additional £236 million which will fund ‘move on’ accommodation for up to 6,000 rough sleepers, ensuring no one has to sleep on the streets at night.

Rachel said: “No one wants to see anyone sleeping rough on our streets, and I know here in Redditch the council has been working hard to ensure everyone is offered accommodation.

“A 71% fall in the number of rough sleepers in Redditch last year is testament to the dedication and hard-work of those involved in the Rough Sleeping Initiative in our town and across Worcestershire.

“I’ve worked with front line services to understand more about rough sleeping in our area, and I know how complex each case is. People need individualised, tailored and long term support. This new funding will help bolster our council’s efforts and continue the vital work they’re doing in supporting those who find themselves homeless.

“It is our moral duty to end rough sleeping once and for all, and clearly here in Redditch we’re heading in the right direction, but we won’t stop until rough sleeping is ended.”