Government rough sleeping strategy criticised for ignoring root causes of homelessness
The government has declared its goal of ending rough sleeping by 2027 and committed £100 million to funding mental health support and helping those in hostels and shelters move into long-term accommodation.
Many charities, including Shelter and Crisis, have argued that the strategy misses the mark by overlooking key issues such as the lack of social housing and a benefits system that doesn’t meet the cost of living.
The ongoing confusion around whether charities will have to back pay sleep-in carers continues this week. Despite the Court of Appeal’s ruling that social care providers would not have to pay significant sums to staff, HMRC has sent letters telling providers that they should continue making a self-review of the back pay they owe. The sector is still waiting for an official statement from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on how to interpret the Court of Appeal’s verdict.