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Homelessness (Manchester)

Volume 201: debated on Monday 13 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what assistance his Department proposes to give to those charitable organisations which provide shelter to homeless people in the Greater Manchester area over the Christmas period.

In 1991–92, the Government are providing £4·5 million in grants to voluntary organisations throughout England for practical projects to prevent and relieve homelessness. This will rise to £6·1 million in 1992–93—an increase in real terms of around 30 per cent. Among the projects currently funded are three in Greater Manchester—Hulme Action Research Project, SHADES City Centre Project and the Selcare Trust.The concentrations of rough sleepers in individual local authority areas outside London are comparatively small and I would expect individual local authorities to make emergency provision for people sleeping out in their areas.