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27 March, 2020 Open access

Government writes to local authorities in England asking that they support rough sleepers and other vulnerable homeless into appropriate accommodation by the end of the week

Minister for Local Government and Homelessness sets out a programme of actions designed to help reduce the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on people facing homelessness

The government has written to local authorities in England asking them to house all people sleeping rough, and those in hostels and night shelters, by the weekend.

In the letter, Minister for Local Government and Homelessness Luke Hall sets out a programme of actions designed to help reduce the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on people facing homelessness, based on four principles -

Councils should do this, Mr Hall says, by -

The Minister adds that -

'We know that this requires funding. Last week, the Government announced £1.6bn for local authorities to respond to other COVID-19 pressures including for services helping the most vulnerable, including homeless people. This grant will cover all costs incurred in the first phase of the response, but we will keep future funding need under review.'

As a result, Mr Hall says that, to support the government's understanding of what is likely to be required, it will be working with local authorities to develop an ongoing assessment of costs.

For more information, see Letter from Minister Hall to local authorities from gov.uk