The Government announced today that it is allocating a further £3 million of new funding to help the job centre increase the levels of support they are able to provide to homeless people.
The new funding will help staff at the job centre get out on the streets with local authority outreach teams, be stationed in charity run day centres which provide support to rough sleepers and to pop into local authority drop in sessions. The aim of this work is to help people with their benefit claims and support them in securing and maintaining jobs.
In addition funding will also be used to help some of the pilot projects with organisations scuh as the Salvation Army and Crisis. Staff at the job centre will also be given additional training on how best to support homeless claimants.
The new Universal Credit system provides much more freedom so that those who are homeless can focus on finding appropriate and stable accommodation before being expected to make regular job applications. All homeless people who require support with opening a bank account can also receive assistance from the Jobcentre. The jobcentre is also able to provide referrals and signposting to drug and alcohol support and other services.
It is our priority to ensure that we reduce all forms of homelessness and rough sleeping, this is just the start of a number of interventions the Government will be rolling out to help homeless people get back on their feet and find new work.
If you are at risk of homelessness, please engage with the Housing Solutions Team on 0187 709709 or if you know of somebody sleeping rough who may not be accessing support please send the information through on www.streetlink.org.uk and an outreach team will try to engage with them.