Latest Public Sector News

16.12.16

GMCA submits integrated bid to tackle ‘disgraceful’ levels of homelessness

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is seeking further support in its plans to tackle homelessness by drawing from all areas of the government’s £40m homelessness schemes.

The combined authority was recently successful in its bid to become a ‘homelessness prevention trailblazer’ area, a DCLG scheme which allowed authorities to bid for a portion of a £20m funding pot designated for innovative programmes tackling the causes of homelessness.

GMCA is now pushing for a share of the government’s £10m rough sleepers fund and £10m of social outcomes funding for social impact bonds to realise its plans, which were developed with the support of all 10 authorities, the NHS, Greater Manchester Police, third party organisations and local partners.

Greater Manchester mayor Tony Lloyd said: “The levels of homelessness in our city-region are disgraceful. Homelessness is ruining the lives of far too many people in Greater Manchester; we can and will do more to help those who are living on our streets. 

“We have the expertise to make a difference here in Greater Manchester but we need the resources to make our plans a reality.”

If successful, the GMCA aims to combine both funding streams with trailblazer programme funding to create an integrated approach to tackle homelessness in co-operation with its partners.

The GMCA’s bids would be used to develop emergency accommodation to support newcomers to rough sleeping back into settled housing, and provider longer-term support for specific entrenched rough sleepers. The final shape of the programmes will depend on the funding that the combined authority receives.

Cllr Richard Farnell, GMCA’s lead for planning and housing, said: “In Greater Manchester we are known for working together effectively.  Now, we have the chance to tackle homelessness by working together across our ten local authorities, police, NHS, third sector organisations and other partners. 

“But we also need the government to work with us and give us the funding to improve the lives of homeless people here in Greater Manchester.”

Rough sleeping is a growing problem in Britain with DCLG figures from earlier this year showing that there were 3,569 rough sleepers in autumn 2015 compared to 2,744 the previous year: a 30% year-on-year increase.

(Image c. Trowbridge Estate)

Have you got a story to tell? Would you like to become a PSE columnist? If so, click here.

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

related

public sector executive tv

more videos >

last word

Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

David Hawkins, operations director at the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW), on why ISO 44001 is a new evolution in collaborative working. The past 12 months have seen seismic changes b more > more last word articles >

public sector focus

View all News

comment

An integrated approach to greening public transport

28/04/2017An integrated approach to greening public transport

Dave Pearson, director of transport services at West Yorkshire Combined Aut... more >
Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

28/04/2017Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

If new mayors want to improve the life chances of their communities, help t... more >

interviews

Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25/04/2017Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

Ahead of this year’s mayoral elections, Lord Kerslake, the former hea... more >

most read

Shared Services and Outsourcing Week

the raven's daily blog

A watershed moment in British democracy

02/05/2017A watershed moment in British democracy

The upcoming mayoral elections represent a watershed moment in the history of British democracy, reports PSE’s Luana Salles.  On 4 May, voters across six regio... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

editor's comment

11/04/2017A watershed moment in British politics

The government has now officially triggered Article 50, formally starting the process of Britain’s exit from the EU. How this will affect local government, the wider public sector and the Civil Service remains to be seen, but the likelihood of it being plain sailing with the enormity of the task ahead seems rather unlikely.  It is, therefore, quite appropriate that in this edition of PSE Professor Chris Painter reflects on the profound changes that have taken place in the... read more >