Have your say on rough sleeping services in Westminster

Date: 
Mon, 26/09/2016

The council is consulting on how it delivers rough sleeping services in Westminster and wants to hear from you

Read the draft strategy and have your say

The council spends more than any other local authority in the UK on tackling rough sleeping and helping people off the streets. 

Our work means that there is a route away from the street for everyone. Over half of new rough sleepers met by our outreach teams never see a second night out and there is a bed space for everyone in genuine need of help.

Draft Rough Sleeping Strategy

Our new draft Rough Sleeping Strategy sets out how over the next 3 years we will focus on further reducing rough sleeping by preventing even more people from ending up on the streets. Where someone is already sleeping rough, it shows how we will do all we can to support them away from the streets as quickly as possible, helping them to turn their lives around. 

To achieve this, some of the new proposals in the Rough Sleeping Strategy include:

  • working more closely with particularly vulnerable people, such as those coming out of prison or at risk of losing their homes, to prevent them from ending up on the street
  • better understanding individual rough sleepers’ needs by opening a new assessment centre where people can stay when they first come off the streets. There they will have their needs thoroughly assessed and be offered personalised support plans that help them back into the community
  • developing more services for female rough sleepers who often have a history of trauma and abuse, and face distinct challenges on the streets
  • putting more focus on tackling and treating substance misuse, particularly given the sharp rise in the use of New Psychoactive Substances amongst rough sleepers such as ‘spice’ – a potentially lethal drug that causes psychotic episodes and violent behaviour

It also sets out how we will do this and more at a time of significant funding pressures, by taking a leadership role and becoming more creative about how we, and our partners, help people to rebuild their lives. There are many reasons why people sleep on the streets of Westminster, not all of which the council can control, which makes it all the more important to work together. 

With the right solutions and bold actions, rough sleeping is not inevitable. It is harmful and dangerous, and the longer someone sleeps on the street, the more harmful and dangerous it gets. Our draft Rough Sleeping Strategy shows how all our efforts over the next 3 years will be directed at getting more people off the streets.

We want to hear from you by Friday 4 November 2016

This is your opportunity to have your say on our proposals and let us know if you think we should be doing anything differently. 

Read the draft strategy and have your say

 

If you are concerned about someone sleeping rough, contact StreetLink via streetlink.org.uk or call 0300 500 0914. They will forward the details to local outreach teams in Westminster and you can request an update. Find more ways to make a Real Change.

 


Last updated: 7 November 2016
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