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Coronavirus: Government's rough sleeping strategy 'out of step'
« en: Enero 14, 2021, 04:56:47 a. m. »
Coronavirus: Government's rough sleeping strategy 'out of step'

The government must review its strategy to end rough sleeping in England by 2024 after coronavirus highlighted it is "out of step", a watchdog warned.

A National Audit Office report praised the "Everyone In" strategy which housed about 33,000 people in the crisis.

But the plan highlighted issues with the current strategy - with thousands more needing help than expected.

The government said it was "regularly taking into account the lessons learned" from the pandemic.

Boris Johnson made the pledge to end rough sleeping by the end of this Parliament shortly before he won the election in 2019.

At the time, the snapshot figure taken by the government in one evening of how many people were sleeping on the streets in England was 4,266.

The figure is not designed to include people in night shelters or assessment centres, and could also miss people sleeping in places which are hidden from

Research by the BBC carried out in February 2020 showed more than 28,000 people across the UK had been recorded as sleeping rough in the previous
12 months - and in England, councils were seeing figures five times higher than the snapshot.

The "Everyone In" scheme, launched in March 2020, aimed to provide emergency shelter for all rough sleepers during the first wave of the pandemic.

Funding was ended two months later to the anger of many charities, but the government said it has made a number of more targeted funding pledges
to tackle the issue since.

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