Cherilyn Mackrory, Member of Parliament for Truro and Falmouth has welcomed £570,000 of funding for Cornwall Council from a new scheme to help protect some of the most vulnerable people in our communities from COVID-19
Announced by the Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick today, the scheme nationally will see a further £15 million allocated to support the ongoing efforts to provide accommodation for rough sleepers during the pandemic. This scheme – called the ‘Protect Programme’ – will help areas that need additional support most during the restrictions and throughout winter.
The £15 million funding is on top of the £91.5 million allocated to 274 councils in September to fund their individual plans for rough sleepers over the coming months, as well as the £10 million Cold Weather Fund for all councils to help keep rough sleepers safe this winter.
“Just one person sleeping rough is one too many, and I am pleased to see the continued combined efforts from Cornwall Council and local homelessness prevention organisations to help these people off the streets.”
“This is just some of the millions of pounds of funding to support this vulnerable group of people that Cornwall Council has been provided by the Government this year, and I look forward to seeing it used to help those who need it during this difficult time.”
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said:
“The way we have protected rough sleepers from COVID-19 is widely considered to be the best in the world.”
“At the start of the pandemic we launched Everyone In, which protected thousands of vulnerable people. That work hasn’t stopped and we’ve backed it with £700 million.”
“As the new national measures come into force, I am launching the Protect Programme to ensure councils are offering everyone sleeping rough on our streets today somewhere safe to go – protecting people from the virus and moving forward with our goal of eliminating rough sleeping.”