Dunne welcomes over half a million pounds to reduce Shropshire homelessness

South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne has welcomed over half a million pounds of government funding to tackle homelessness in Shropshire.

Shropshire has been awarded over £535,000 to tackle rough sleeping in the country, through the Flexible Homelessness Support Grant and the Homelessness Reduction Act allocation. The Government has committed to eliminating rough sleeping in the term of this parliament and to enforce fully the Homelessness Reduction Act.

The two funds give local authorities more control and flexibility in managing homelessness pressures and supporting those who are at risk of homelessness. Before Christmas, the government announced the allocation of £263 million in funding to local authorities designed to support them to deliver services to tackle homelessness - an increase of £23m on the previous year.

Mr Dunne said: “Shropshire has a less visible homelessness problem that more urban areas, but it does exist in our county, from rough sleeping to sofa surfing. So I am pleased the Shropshire will secure over half a million pounds to help tackle this issue.”