George welcomes funding to tackle rough sleeping

George Eustice, MP for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle has welcomed the Government’s recent announcement that more than £25 million will be allocated to 108 areas across the country, including Cornwall – providing vital funding to help the most vulnerable rough sleepers off the streets as part of the Conservative Government’s £100 million plan to end rough sleeping by 2027.

Cornwall is set to receive over £970,000 as part of this funding, which will provide rough sleepers with the specialist support they need to get off the streets for good. Local authorities such as Cornwall will use this investment to fund innovative local schemes aimed at supporting vulnerable people so they are able to get into stable accommodation where they will then receive the tailored care they need.

This will include:

  • Somewhere Safe to Stay rough sleeping centres – where people on the streets can access professional help and guidance, including immediate shelter and mental health support.
  • Navigator posts – specialist support workers who direct people to the services they need, such as counselling, housing advice services, mental health support or substance misuse services.
  • Supported Lettings Schemes – helping people to secure tenancies in properties that they may not otherwise be able to access.
  • Dedicated Local Letting Agencies – specialist agencies that support vulnerable people into affordable and stable accommodation.

George said, “This news of funding is great news and further demonstrates our commitment to working hard to ensure no one has to spend a night on the streets. Local authorities like Cornwall will be able to use the funding to develop the right support for vulnerable rough sleepers in their local areas. There are some great innovative plans that I know will make a real difference to people’s lives.”