Rough Sleeping Advisory Panel to help develop a national strategy on reducing homelessness

01/12/2017
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, yesterday announced details of a new Rough Sleeping Advisory Panel to help develop a national strategy on reducing homelessness.
Members of the Panel include Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Shelter, and David Orr, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation.

The new Panel will feed into the Government’s Homelessness Reduction Taskforce, with the aim of halving rough sleeping by 2022 and eliminating it by 2027.

Commenting on the announcements, Hastoe Group Chief Executive Sue Chalkley said: “It’s great to see the Government really starting to focus on the scourge of homelessness and rough sleeping.

"Rough sleeping is predominantly considered an urban issue. However, research commissioned by Hastoe earlier this year shows there is also a hidden crisis of rural homelessness. Since 2010, there has been a 42% increase in rough sleeping in predominantly rural areas and as many as one fifth of homeless cases occur outside urban areas.

"Therefore, it’s vital the panel also considers the causes of rural homelessness and the steps we can take to tackle it. I hope it will be drawing on the experience of housing associations to ensure we step in early on to support people at risk of homelessness and break the cycle of rough sleeping once and for all.”

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