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LGA chief and two mayors to advise on rough sleeping

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Two combined authority mayors and Local Government Association chief executive Mark Lloyd are to sit on a new panel tasked with helping to eliminate homelessness within a decade.

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham (Lab) and West Midlands mayor Andy Street (Con) are to sit on the rough sleeping advisory panel, to be chaired by local government minister Marcus Jones.

The panel will help develop a national strategy as part of the government’s commitment to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and eliminate it altogether by 2027.

This comes after the government announced in the Budget that Greater Manchester, the West Midlands, and the Liverpool City Region, are to take part in ‘housing first’ pilots costing a total £28m.

London’s deputy mayor for housing and residential development James Murray (Lab) will also be a member of the advisory panel, along with National Housing Federation chief executive David Orr, and homelessness charity representatives.

Other individuals may be invited to join the panel if the government feels they can offer relevant advice. 

The advisory panel will support the Homelessness and rough sleeping implementation taskforce which brings together ministers from key departments to provide a cross-government approach to preventing rough sleeping and homelessness.

That taskforce is chaired by communities secretary Sajid Javid.

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