LGA calls for greater financial support to aid rough sleeping amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

LGA calls for greater financial support to aid rough sleeping amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Local Government Association (LGA) has published a report, titled 'Lessons learnt from councils’ response to rough sleeping during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic', which warns that some people sleeping rough could be forced to stay out in the cold this winter, because of shortfalls in funding and appropriate accommodation for councils to use. The report states that some councils have experienced rough sleeping numbers exceeding those seen before the pandemic. The LGA believes that although the government has recognised the challenges facing councils this winter by announcing £12m severe weather emergency provision funding, greater financial support is likely to be needed to get through the months ahead.

The LGA housing spokesperson, David Renard, stated: 'The funding announced by the Government so far has been helpful for councils, but it is unlikely to be enough to ensure that people sleeping rough get the support and protection they need this winter.'

You can view the report here.

Source: Some rough sleepers could be forced to stay out in the cold this winter to avoid risk of infection

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