29 MAR 2019

Dover gets new funds to tackle rough sleeping

Dover will get an extra £175,000 to tackle homelessness after I held talks with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. The area was not in the 83 which were considered worst for rough sleeping and received part of a new £30 million fund.

But following talks with Secretary of State James Brokenshire in February, Dover was selected to receive part of an additional £12 million pot this week. Dover District Council will now receive £175,000 along with Folkestone and Hythe District Council, as part of their joint initiative. It comes after the annual central government grant for homelessness prevention in Dover increased 15.1% on the previous year – from £150,219 to £172,842.

I'm pleased the Secretary of State listened to the serious concerns I raised with him. The numbers in Dover might not have looked as high as other areas, but everyone knows it is a problem. We need to do more to tackle homelessness. People must get the help so they can eventually support themselves. It's great to see the Government investing in the services we need to help people here in Dover and Deal.

Across the country the funding will provide for over 750 new staff focused on rough sleeping. It includes outreach, specialist mental health and substance misuse workers. It will also provide for over 2,650 new bed spaces in emergency, temporary and settled accommodation.

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