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Tackling rough sleeping in Charnwood As the Lead member for housing in Charnwood, local Southfields councillor Paul Mercer has always taken the view that rough sleepers are one of the most vulnerable groups in society and that it is an issue that needs to be addressed with the appropriate commitment and resources. Rough sleeping can lead to a host of physical and mental health conditions and they are over nine times more likely to commit suicide than the general population; on average rough sleepers die at age 47 (age 43 for women). Rough sleeping has always been seen as a challenge by governments of all political persuasions and the Conservative government elected in 2015 has continued to emphasise this commitment. The Conservatives pioneered the ‘No Second Night Out’ approach which aimed ensure that no one new to the streets would sleep out for a second night and day ministerial working group was established to prevent and reduce homelessness. The current Government was elected with a manifesto commitment to “halve rough sleeping over the course of the parliament and eliminate it altogether by 2027” by setting up a new homelessness reduction taskforce to focus on prevention and affordable housing and by piloting a Housing First approach to tackle rough sleeping. The Government supported Bob Blackman’s Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 which placed new duties on local authorities in England to prevent and relieve homeless for all eligible applicants from 3 April 2018. The Rough Sleeping Strategy was published in August 2018, this strategy is backed-up by £100 million in funding for two years. The Rough Sleeping Strategy: delivery plan (December 2018) provides an update on progress in implementing the 61 commitments in the strategy and information on next steps. Despite the efforts of governments over the past two decades, the official rough sleeper count has continued to increase. However, the 2018 count, the results of which were published on 31 January 2019, recorded a 2% fall on 2017, the 4,677 rough sleepers recorded represented a 165% increase on the 1,768 recorded in 2010. London saw a 13% increase in rough sleeping while the rest of England saw a fall of 6%. In Charnwood one of the measures used to assess the success of its approach is an annual rough sleeper count which is carried out with the support of local partner agencies. Charnwood is required by government to provide either an estimate of the number of rough sleepers in the borough or carry out an actual count. The findings from the estimates or counts contribute towards building a national picture of rough sleeping in the UK. The count is to establish a picture of the number of rough sleepers within the Borough on a typical night and followed the Homeless Link guidelines set in 2018, a charity which works with organisations involved in supporting homeless people. A verifier from the charity attended the count. Four teams checked over 50 locations across the borough in the early hours of Wednesday, 21 November 2018. Only people were found during the operation. Two people accepted the offers of accommodation for the night and one person declined the offer of support. Afterwards Paul commented: “We are fully aware that throughout the year there are people sleeping rough in the borough as this is an issue facing all towns and cities. “The Housing Options Team are focussed on supporting people in need of help on a day to day basis and trying to engage with those that decline help. “During the evening we discovered three people sleeping rough. We offered accommodation and only two of the people took up the offer of accommodation with one who declined. We offer advice and assistance but cannot force people to engage with services and or take up the offer of accommodation. “The issues around the causes of rough sleeping are complex but our services are set up to help people facing problems who require advice and assistance in finding somewhere to live.” The support available to rough sleepers in Charnwood includes: Falcon Support Services have a drop-in service which provides food, clothing, washing facilities, advice and support to rough sleepers. The Bridge’s homelessness transitions team which provides intensive one-to- one support to anyone aged 18 or over who is sleeping rough. The No Second Night Out scheme which provides somewhere for rough sleepers to stay while the homelessness transitions team help them to secure longer- term accommodation. There are three No Second Night Out beds across the region including two at the Falcon Centre in Loughborough The Council’s Housing Options Team can provide advice and assistance to people who are homeless and rough sleeping. If you are worried about someone who may be sleeping rough in Charnwood please call the housing options team on 01509 634567 or email housing@charnwood.gov.uk. Alternatively, send an alert via the national StreetLink service by visiting www.streetlink.org.uk.
Published and promoted by Paul Mercer, 58A Wards End, Loughborough LE11 3HB
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Tackling rough sleeping in Charnwood As the Lead member for housing in Charnwood, local Southfields councillor Paul Mercer has always taken the view that rough sleepers are one of the most vulnerable groups in society and that it is an issue that needs to be addressed with the appropriate commitment and resources. Rough sleeping can lead to a host of physical and mental health conditions and they are over nine times more likely to commit suicide than the general population; on average rough sleepers die at age 47 (age 43 for women). Rough sleeping has always been seen as a challenge by governments of all political persuasions and the Conservative government elected in 2015 has continued to emphasise this commitment. The Conservatives pioneered the ‘No Second Night Out’ approach which aimed ensure that no one new to the streets would sleep out for a second night and day ministerial working group was established to prevent and reduce homelessness. The current Government was elected with a manifesto commitment to “halve rough sleeping over the course of the parliament and eliminate it altogether by 2027” by setting up a new homelessness reduction taskforce to focus on prevention and affordable housing and by piloting a Housing First approach to tackle rough sleeping. The Government supported Bob Blackman’s Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 which placed new duties on local authorities in England to prevent and relieve homeless for all eligible applicants from 3 April 2018. The Rough Sleeping Strategy was published in August 2018, this strategy is backed-up by £100 million in funding for two years. The Rough Sleeping Strategy: delivery plan (December 2018) provides an update on progress in implementing the 61 commitments in the strategy and information on next steps. Despite the efforts of governments over the past two decades, the official rough sleeper count has continued to increase. However, the 2018 count, the results of which were published on 31 January 2019, recorded a 2% fall on 2017, the 4,677 rough sleepers recorded represented a 165% increase on the 1,768 recorded in 2010. London saw a 13% increase in rough sleeping while the rest of England saw a fall of 6%. In Charnwood one of the measures used to assess the success of its approach is an annual rough sleeper count which is carried out with the support of local partner agencies. Charnwood is required by government to provide either an estimate of the number of rough sleepers in the borough or carry out an actual count. The findings from the estimates or counts contribute towards building a national picture of rough sleeping in the UK. The count is to establish a picture of the number of rough sleepers within the Borough on a typical night and followed the Homeless Link guidelines set in 2018, a charity which works with organisations involved in supporting homeless people. A verifier from the charity attended the count. Four teams checked over 50 locations across the borough in the early hours of Wednesday, 21 November 2018. Only people were found during the operation. Two people accepted the offers of accommodation for the night and one person declined the offer of support. Afterwards Paul commented: “We are fully aware that throughout the year there are people sleeping rough in the borough as this is an issue facing all towns and cities. “The Housing Options Team are focussed on supporting people in need of help on a day to day basis and trying to engage with those that decline help. “During the evening we discovered three people sleeping rough. We offered accommodation and only two of the people took up the offer of accommodation with one who declined. We offer advice and assistance but cannot force people to engage with services and or take up the offer of accommodation. “The issues around the causes of rough sleeping are complex but our services are set up to help people facing problems who require advice and assistance in finding somewhere to live.” The support available to rough sleepers in Charnwood includes: Falcon Support Services have a drop-in service which provides food, clothing, washing facilities, advice and support to rough sleepers. The Bridge’s homelessness transitions team which provides intensive one-to-one support to anyone aged 18 or over who is sleeping rough. The No Second Night Out scheme which provides somewhere for rough sleepers to stay while the homelessness transitions team help them to secure longer-term accommodation. There are three No Second Night Out beds across the region including two at the Falcon Centre in Loughborough The Council’s Housing Options Team can provide advice and assistance to people who are homeless and rough sleeping. If you are worried about someone who may be sleeping rough in Charnwood please call the housing options team on 01509 634567 or email housing@charnwood.gov.uk. Alternatively, send an alert via the national StreetLink service by visiting www.streetlink.org.uk.