Responding to the publication of the Government’s Rough Sleeping Strategy, Lord Porter, Local Government Association Chairman, said:
“This strategy is a positive first step towards helping councils in their efforts to tackle rough sleeping. In particular, it is good to see other government departments with responsibilities for areas such as employment, mental health and justice begin to acknowledge their critical role in reducing rough sleeping.
“However, we must go much further, much faster. Rough sleeping is only the tip of the iceberg – right now, councils are currently housing over 79,000 homeless families and 123,000 children in temporary housing.
“Councils want to end all homelessness by preventing it from happening in the first place. This means allowing councils to build more social homes, reviewing welfare reforms and ensuring councils have the certainty, resources and tools they need to bring together services around people at risk of becoming homeless.”