Alistair Burt welcomes support for vulnerable rough sleepers in NE Bedfordshire

Alistair Burt has welcomed additional Government investment to help Central Bedfordshire Council support rough sleepers into safe and stable accommodation where they can rebuild their lives. 

Central Bedfordshire Council is set to receive £66,866 to help vulnerable people get the specialist support they need. The money for the Rapid Rehousing Pathway will fund innovative local schemes which will help those sleeping rough off the streets for good, as well as specialist support to help them back on their feet.

As part of this, new support workers will act as a single point of contact to help people with complex needs, such as substance abuse and mental health problems, to get the advice and support they need to turn their lives around. Dedicated letting agents will also be funded to provide advice and housing for those sleeping on the streets.

The funding provided for councils across the UK will total more than £7.2m over the next year, and forms part of the Government’s £100 million plan to end rough sleeping by 2027. Already progress has been made with the latest annual rough sleeping statistics showing the first fall in rough sleeping across England since 2010.

Alistair said:

“I welcome this additional funding which will provide the specialist support that vulnerable people in NE Bedfordshire need to help them rebuild their lives.  No one should ever have to face a night on the streets and this investment takes us another step further towards ending rough sleeping for good”.