Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


01 MAY 2019

Homelessness

Thank you for taking the time to email me about homelessness. There is far more that could be done to tackle the underlying reasons that lead to homelessness and this serious problem is not only about rough sleeping but about those who are sofa surfing or in very insecure temporary accommodation.

The government strategy to combat homelessness references £100 million to tackle rough sleeping and more than 1,750 bed spaces and 500 new staff through the rough sleeping initiative. You can find out more about the rough sleeping strategy here.

Locally, Devon County Council was recently allocated £95,000 in support for care leavers at risk of rough sleeping in a 2019/20 grant determination by the Department of Education.

You may be interested to know that the government is currently running a consultation on how they can improve local accountability for the delivery of homelessness services, this closes on the 16th of May and you can find out how to contribute here.

There is of course further to go on affordable housing as well as prevention and early intervention when people at risk of homelessness are running into difficulties with debt, addiction or mental health problems.

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