I've been deeply concerned at the lack of government support for rough sleepers. Until today the government guidelines have only covered hostels and day centres and haven't included a financial package. I've just had an email to say the government has announced emergency support of £3.2 million for councils to provide temporary emergency accommodation to help rough sleepers who need to self-isolate during the coronavirus emergency.
It's been very late in coming, but I'm delighted that this action has been taken.
This amount represents an initial first step to help local authorities and front line services put emergency measures in place, but it's already been acknowledged that more funding will be needed down the line.
I'm just relieved that this announcement signals a step change in the government's response and gives councils the green light to go ahead and house poorly people who would otherwise be ill on the streets.