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Coronavirus: Funding for homeless scheme will not be extended

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Thousands of people have been supported under the “Everyone In” scheme

The government will not extend funding to help rough sleepers in England stay off the streets amid the coronavirus pandemic, it has confirmed.

Councils were given £3.2m in March to provide emergency shelter for homeless people, with many housed in hotels.

A leaked report seen by the Manchester Evening News, revealed the government has “drawn a line'” under the scheme.

But the government said ministers have decided not to allocate any extra funding to the programme.

Instead, councils have been given £3.2bn to help with the additional costs of the pandemic, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said.

“Any suggestion that the government is reneging on the commitment set out at the start of this national emergency is entirely wrong,” the spokesperson added.

“We have been clear councils must continue to provide safe accommodation for those that need it.

“The latest figures show more than 90% of rough sleepers known to councils at the beginning of this crisis have now been made offers of safe accommodation under the “Everyone In” scheme. “

Labour leader Keir Starmer said it was “simply wrong to send homeless people back onto the streets,” adding “the coronavirus crisis is far from over”.

“Right now they need emergency support. But after this crisis we can’t forget we all but ended rough sleeping overnight. We can end it for good,” he said.

Homeless charity Crisis described the decision as “completely unacceptable.”

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