The government has announced details of grants to 83 local authorities to help combat rough sleeping.
The grants, totalling more than £34m, have been apportioned to the councils with the highest numbers of rough sleepers - with more than £11.85m (34%) allocated to councils in London.
Housing and communities secretary James Brokenshire said: “Our rough sleeping strategy set out the blueprint to end rough sleeping by 2027. Now, we are vigorously taking the steps to make that happen.
“The funding through our rough sleeping initiative is already making a real difference in helping support those off the streets into services and accommodation this year.”
The Greater London Authority will receive the largest amount - totalling almost £3m. Newham LBC (£854,000) and Westminster LBC (£852,748) will receive the two next largest amounts.
Mr Brokenshire said in August that the money had largely been “reprioritised” from other budgets.
Martin Tett (Con), Local Government Association housing spokesman, said: “This funding is a positive step towards helping councils, who are dealing with rising levels of rough sleeping in their communities, to effectively support people experiencing street homelessness by providing the resources to help them into supported housing and to prevent it from occurring in the first place.”
Cllr Tett also repeated the LGA’s call on the government to reverse its current policy and allow councils to borrow more to build new homes.
According to MHCLG’s rough sleeping statistics for Autumn 2017, 24% of England’s total rough sleeper population were recorded in London. Those statistics show a national 15% increase in homelessness compared to 2016, with the homeless population of London increasing 18%.
The charity Homeless Link reported that the largest increase in rough sleeping was found in the north west of England in 2017, with a 39% increase on 2016 statistics. The East Midlands and Yorkshire & the Humber witnessed the two next largest annual increases at 23% and 20% respectively.
Provisional government funding under the rough sleeping strategy:
|Local Authority||Provisionally Allocated Funding|
|Hastings and Eastbourne||£810,000.00|
|Brighton and Hove||£711,524.00|
|Bristol, City of||£517,773.00|
|Kingston upon Thames||£364,023.00|
|St. Edmundsbury (West Suffolk)||£362,212.00|
|Bath and North East Somerset||£360,160.00|
|North East Lincolnshire||£288,450.00|
|Kingston upon Hull, City of||£268,714.00|
|Richmond upon Thames||£265,419.00|
|Kensington and Chelsea||£263,704.00|
|City of London||£245,234.00|