Budget 2020: £650million package to combat rough sleeping and homelessness

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RISHI Sunak has unveiled a £650million package to combat rough sleeping and homelessness.

The new Chancellor yesterday announced a range of measures to help get Britain’s rough sleepers into work and off the streets.

New Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivers his Budget yesterday

This includes a massive £643 million for accommodation and support services that the treasury say will “help people off the streets and to start rebuilding their lives.”

Funds will be raised from a new two per cent Stamp Duty Land Tax surcharge on non-UK residents.

Boris Johnson has previously vowed to end rough sleeping “once and for all”, even reappointing a homelessness czar who tackled the scourge twenty years ago.

Last month Dame Louise Casey took the same role she had two decades ago which saw a relentless drive by then PM Tony Blair manage to cut homelessness by two thirds and rough sleeping by three quarters.

Speaking last month, he said: “We must tackle the scourge of rough sleeping urgently, and I will not stop until the thousands of people in this situation are helped off the streets and their lives have been rebuilt.”

 

Other measures include an extra £46 million from the Shared Outcomes Fund to provide extra support to those who needs it.

The Budget also saw an additional £9.5 billion for the “Affordable Homes Programme”, which tries help more people into home ownership and support those most at risk of homelessness in five years.

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