Scarborough Council to receive £130,000 from government rough sleeping fund

Rough sleepers in Scarborough could be helped off the streets and into safe accommodation after the borough council received a share of an extra £112 million funding for councils announced today.

Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 11:56 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 11:56 am

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP revealed the awards to authorities, saying the funding was a 30% increase this year and would be used by local authorities, charities and other organisations to fund up to 6,000 new bed spaces and 2,500 support staff across the country.

Scarborough has been awarded £136,148 from the fund.

Mr Jenrick said: “No-one should have to face a night on the street and we have a moral duty to support those who need help the most. It is encouraging to see more people getting the support they need, but there is always more to do.

Rough sleepers in Yorkshire. Stock picture

“We are focusing relentlessly on this issue and our efforts have already led to the first nationwide fall in rough sleeping in a decade – and the areas funded by our Rough Sleeping Initiative have seen rough sleeping numbers fall around a third more than they would be without this vital programme, but we need to go further.

“That is why we are providing this funding so vital work can continue as we set out to end rough sleeping once and for all.”