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GORDON HENDERSON MP

FOR SITTINGBOURNE & SHEPPEY

MP welcomes homelessness funding for Swale

28th January 2020
MP welcomes homelessness funding for Swale

Gordon Henderson has welcomed news that Swale Borough Council is to receive £218,320 this year from the Government to tackle rough sleeping and support some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

The Government has announced that Swale will receive a share of an additional £112 million through the Rough Sleeping Initiative, which is designed to get people off the streets and into safe and secure accommodation.

The initiative builds on Boris Johnson’s drive to end homelessness and the announcement before Christmas of £260 million for local authorities to help get back on their feet people who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes.

The Rough Sleeping Initiative has reduced the number of vulnerable people sleeping rough in the areas it has been operating by 32% since its introduction in 2018 and is a central pillar of the Government’s strategy to end rough sleeping completely 2024.

Commenting on the news Mr Henderson said:

‘I am delighted that funding to tackle rough sleeping in Swale will increase to £218,320 this year. This is an issue that should unite all political parties across national and local government.

‘For instance, I know that solving the borough’s problem of rough sleeping is one of the priorities of Swale Borough Council and I am happy to work with councillors to ensure this funding is used in the most effective way.

Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick said:

‘No-one should have to face a night on the street and we have a moral duty to support those who need help the most. It is encouraging to see authorities like Swale Borough Council using the funds we have already provided to provide some people with the support they need, but there is much more to do.

‘The Government is focusing relentlessly on this issue and our efforts have already led to the first nationwide fall in rough sleeping in a decade – and the areas funded by our Rough Sleeping Initiative have seen rough sleeping numbers fall around a third more than they would without this vital programme.

‘But we need to go further. That is why we are providing this funding, so that vital work can continue as we set out to end rough sleeping once and for all.’

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