PICTURED: A homeless man on the streets (PICTURE: Deposit)

Gedling borough is to get a share of a £203 million pot to help get rough sleepers off the streets.

The borough council is being handed £25k from the government’s Rough Sleeping Initiative fund which they can use to help get rough sleepers into safe accommodation.

The cash will also be used to support vital projects such as shelters, specialist mental health and addiction services in the borough.

This funding is one part of an unprecedented £750 million investment this year to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping – part of a government’s drive to end rough sleeping by the end of this Parliament.

The Government said the number of people sleeping rough across England had fallen for the third year in a row, and by 37% in the last year alone.

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FUNDING: Extra cash is to be given to help tackle homeless problem across the borough

Housing secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said: “At the beginning of the pandemic we took swift and decisive action to bring rough sleepers in from the streets and settled them into longer-term accommodation in record numbers. That work continues, the results are clear and are a huge credit to all involved.

“We are making the biggest ever investment under the Rough Sleeping Initiative to provide vital services to those who need it most, as part of our drive to end rough sleeping for good.

Minister for rough sleeping, Eddie Hughes MP said: “Across the country, there are staff and volunteers working tirelessly to make a real difference to the lives of rough sleepers.

“From providing bed spaces and night shelters, to funding dedicated support staff and medical treatment, today’s funding will mean that crucial work to help people off the streets can continue.

“This is part of an unprecedented £750 million of government investment this year to help us reach our goal of ending rough sleeping by the end of this Parliament.”

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