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Jobcentre teams to be sent on to streets to help homeless people

Jobcentre staff will be sent out on to the streets in teams to advise homeless people and rough sleepers on how to find housing and work and access benefits, the government has announced.

A £3m fund is being set up to pay for the outreach teams in the 2020-21 financial year. It will also be used to bolster projects that jobcentres are already involved in along with other organisations, such as the Salvation Army in Cardiff, Crisis in Edinburgh and Teardrops in St Helens, Merseyside, to support homeless people.

Figures released by the government in December showed the number of households considered newly homeless or at risk of becoming so increased by 11.4% across England over the previous 12 months.

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