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Winter fund of £12m for rough sleepers in England 'not enough', say charities

The government has announced a £12m fund to help rough sleepers off the streets and keep them safe from Covid-19 this winter, but homelessness campaigners and Labour said it is too little and risks lives.

Robert Jenrick, the housing secretary, has pledged £10m to English councils to provide additional self-contained accommodation for rough sleepers as part of a new cold winter fund. A further £2m will be available to faith groups and voluntary organisations to transform existing spaces into emergency accommodation.

But Crisis, the homelessness charity, attacked the package as “completely unacceptable” as it fails to match the “everyone in” strategy in March, when thousands of people were given self-contained accommodation, saving hundreds of lives, according to one study.

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