Layla Moran

Maintain “compassionate approach” to homeless


It would be irresponsible for the Government to pull emergency funding for local authorities to accommodate rough sleepersLayla Moran MP has written to the Homelessness Minister,  asking him to confirm “that the funding will continue” for the 'Everyone In scheme', where local authorities house rough sleepers in hotels that are not being used.

Layla's letter followed recent reports suggesting that the Government is looking to end funding to councils for the scheme, but the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government has insisted this is not the case.

In light of this, Layla called for “a public statement” from the Minister himself to confirm the funding will continue.

In the letter, she writes: “It would be irresponsible for the Government to pull emergency funding for local authorities to accommodate rough sleepers. The compassionate approach, especially when hotels remain in need of custom, is to continue the scheme and ensure no one is left out in the cold.”

Layla Moran said: “The Coronavirus crisis is an unprecedented threat. It is leaving the most vulnerable in our community at risk and it is our duty to look after them.

"It would be irresponsible for the Government to pull emergency funding for local authorities to accommodate rough sleepers, particularly as many have underlying health conditions that make them susceptible to Coronavirus.

“The compassionate approach, especially when hotels remain in need of custom, would be to continue the scheme and ensure no one is left out in the cold. That’s why I’ve written to the minister to secure an unequivocal statement from Whitehall that the policy and its funding to councils will stay in place.

“Ministers must also make specialist support available to those who struggle with addiction or other mental health issues, as is the case for so many people sleeping rough right across the UK.”


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