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Volume 703: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What steps they will take to encourage local authorities in London to introduce a pan-London programme to help the homeless and rough sleepers. [HL4645]

We are working to publish an updated rough sleeping strategy in the autumn, building on the achievements of the past 10 years. In April, we published a discussion paper, Rough Sleeping 10 Years On: From the Streets to Independent Living and Opportunity, which set out our initial thinking on updating the strategy. This included the proposal that, to secure effective delivery of the updated strategy, we would work to facilitate a new London delivery partnership to renew the drive to bring and keep entrenched rough sleepers in, work with those most at risk to prevent rough sleeping, and improve opportunities and outcomes for former rough sleepers. We have received a good response to the discussion paper, and are now analysing responses.

The Government are committed to sustaining the two-thirds reduction in rough sleeping in England and further to reduce numbers, particularly in London. In December 2007 we announced homelessness grant funding of £200 million over the next three years. This is the biggest ever cash injection for homelessness services.