Conservative councillors have called on Kingston Council to be proactive in order to take advantage of new Government funding to provide homes for rough sleepers.
The Conservative government has made £433million available to fund 6,000 new homes to house rough sleepers who were taken off the streets during the pandemic. The government has committed to work in partnership with councils to fast-track 3,300 of the new homes, so that they are delivered for those most in need in the next 12 months.
Ministers also announced a further £6million for frontline homeless charities, plus £700,000 for councils to support care leavers at risk of homelessness and rough sleeping.
Cllr Kevin Davis, the Conservative Group Leader, said: “I have already written to LibDem-run Kingston Council urging them to be proactive and formulate plans now so that Kingston can be a flagship Authority in dealing with the important issue of ending homelessness. The Conservative Government has now made the dream of ending the need for living on the streets possible, and we should grasp this unprecedented opportunity for Kingston residents.”
Cllr Nicola Sheppard, the Conservative Housing spokesperson, said: ”Known rough sleepers were offered accommodation so that they could remain safe during the lockdown. But now there is an exciting opportunity to provide long-term safe homes. The Conservative government has made a commitment to end rough sleeping, and as Conservative Councillors, we have offered to work with the LibDem-run Council to deliver for Kingston. Let’s pull out all the stops and get on with it!”