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Bridlington's Rough Sleepers to Get COVID-19 Support

Bridlington's Rough Sleepers to Get COVID-19 Support

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Joe Gerrard at 8:15am 28th March 2020.

Homeless people in the East Riding will be accommodated this weekend after the government ordered local authorities to provide them with a place to stay during the coronavirus lockdown.

East Riding Council said it was working to meet the government’s request.

A spokesperson for the council said:

“Following the recent Government announcement regarding homelessness the authority is working closely with partners to ensure that the homeless are accommodated appropriately.“

It comes after the Minister of Housing, Communities and Local Government Luke Hall wrote to councils urging them to house rough sleepers.

The minister wrote this was to protect the health of rough sleepers and stop the spread of coronavirus.

Mr Hall wrote:

“The scale of the challenge we all face is unprecedented.

It is our joint responsibility to safeguard as many homeless people as we can from Covid-19.

Our strategy must be to bring in those on the streets to protect their health and stop wider transmission, particularly in hot spot areas, and those in assessment centres and shelters that are unable to comply with social distancing advice.”

Mr Hall said costs would be covered by the £1.6bn in funding available to councils to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

The Emmaus Hull and East Riding homeless charity which works with the council tweeted that it was already working to get rough sleepers off the streets.

The charity said anyone who sees someone they think is sleeping rough should phone: 07498 296168.

 

 

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