Conservative Councils launch joint venture to end rough sleeping
Neighbouring Conservative Councils in Kingston, Richmond and Wandsworth have joined together to end rough sleeping as part of the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) which will be implemented in April 2018.
Richmond Council is the lead borough for the successful Rough Sleeper Bid in which Kingston are partners along with LB Wandsworth and SPEAR, a local South West London charity dedicated to tackling homelessness. The total funding awarded under this bid was £400,000 and the focus of the bid is to build and increase local capacity/provision for rough sleepers and those at risk of rough sleeping.
The Rough Sleeper Bid comes from a £10million Rough Sleeping Grant Funding operated by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The grant was set up to reduce the flow of new rough sleepers to the street, through more targeted prevention activity aimed at those at imminent risk of sleeping rough. It is hoped that through helping new rough sleepers off the street and into independence that the numbers of people rough sleeping will fall.
The Rough Sleeper Bid is a key part of Kingston’s programme to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping as part of the Homelessness Reduction Act. The HRA was brought forward by Conservative MP, Bob Blackman to tackle rising homelessness rates across the country with the promise of additional funding and the increase of statutory obligations to local authorities.
At the time, Sajid Javid, Minister for Department of Communities and Local Government said:
We are determined to do all we can to help those who lose their homes and provide them with the support they need to get their lives back on track.
Councillor Cathy Roberts, Portfolio Holder for Housing said:
In Kingston we are committed to tackling homelessness and helping those who have lost their homes get the help that they need. The Rough Sleeper Bid will provide the financial help needed to increase the local provision for rough sleepers and provide them with the support needed to move on.