Councils in Lewes Constituency given share of £203 million funding to help rough sleepers

Two councils in the Lewes Constituency are being given a share of £203 million in funding to help end rough sleeping, in a move welcomed by local MP Maria Caulfield.

The funding will support vital projects such as shelters, specialist mental health or addiction services, and targeted support to help rough sleepers off the streets for good. It will be used by councils, charities and other local groups to fund up to 14,500 bed spaces and 2,700 support staff across England.

In this latest round of funding Lewes District Council has been awarded £60,000 and Wealden District Council £25,000.

This funding is one part of an unprecedented £750 million investment this year to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping – part of the government’s drive to end rough sleeping by the end of this Parliament.

Analysis of the Rough Sleeping Initiative – now in its fourth year – shows that the programme has reduced rough sleeping by almost a third compared to areas which have not taken part in the programme.

Building on the past success of the programme, funding has almost doubled this year and will provide additional support to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The number of people sleeping rough across England has fallen for the third year in a row, and by 37% in the last year alone.

Maria Caulfield MP said “During the pandemic swift and decisive action was taken to bring rough sleepers in off of the streets. This work continues and the results of the Rough Sleeping Initiative are clear. We are getting more people into accommodation and getting them the support that they need to ensure that they do not return to a life on the streets.”

“I welcome this additional funding for the local councils in my constituency and will continue to lobby the government for more funding for initiatives like this that are giving excellent results.”