The Assistant Director Housing
and Built Environment presented a report to update members on
progress to reduce rough sleeping in East Sussex over the past 18
months. To seek approval to mobilise a new programme of
interventions in 2020/21.
This report recognizes the work
that has been undertaken regarding reducing rough sleeping and to
agree the expenditure now that officers have had confirmation from
the government. This report builds on previous reports. Members are
asked to acknowledge the progress made. Not detailed in this
Director Housing and Built Environment also highlighted that
according to the most recent street count taken on the
27th February 2020, there were 12 rough sleepers
recorded which is down from a high of 24 in November
Council have not changed how the figures are counted, so these
statistics are directly comparable. At the time the count was
undertaken, the winter provision wasn’t included. These
numbers do also not include caravan count, which is likely to add
one or two to the final count.
The council is
headed in the right direction and hope that the number will
continue to fall in the future.
Batsford expressed that he is pleased the officers have had emails
from central government expressing gratefulness for the success in
reducing rough sleeping. It is an incredible achievement by
officers and all voluntary organisations. Because of the short-term
nature of the funding from central government, these items have to
be presented urgently. Ideally, in the future, they would like to
see more long-term funding from government so the council can
really focus on the root causes of homelessness.
Batsford proposed approval of the recommendations of the report.
This was seconded by Councillor Rogers.
thanked the officers for doing such a great job to reduce the
number of rough sleepers and was very glad to hear that there has
been recognition from the government. They also agreed that long
term funding is needed.
thanked the volunteers who have worked tirelessly to help achieve
the reduction. The council are incredibly grateful for all the work
these organisations do.
Chowney said that this funding and the work is about getting people
off the streets and is very thankful for all the work that has been
done. The results of this funding have been a massive success, and
he is glad to see the council are leading innovators. However, the
underlying issue is that support services for earlier prevention
are still not being funded properly and further focus should be put
on prevention in the future.
RESOLVED – (unanimously)
acknowledge progress to reduce rough sleeping over the past 18
authorise expenditure of £1,584,518 to continue the programme
of services on 2020/21
approve a 12 month extension to the existing contract with
Sanctuary Supported Living for the RSI Assessment Centre
grant an exemption to the council’s financial rules under
paragraph 21c of the Financial Operating ...
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