Responding to the Government’s announcement of £100m to tackle rough sleeping in England, Councillor Jim Steinke, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety at Sheffield City Council said: “We welcome this extra funding for mental health support and treatment for substance misuse, including the use of spice.
“Despite this we are concerned that there is an absence of broad strategy that looks at the whole picture and how we can tackle the root causes of homelessness.
“The proposal concentrates on providing support through large national organisations. However this support must be made available to all local authorities to access including those in the north.
“Because tackling rough sleeping is a priority for us and that means we have a low number of rough sleepers compared with other major cities, we are working on a comprehensive programme to stop rough sleeping and to help people to become independent.
“We provide this support through our housing solutions team who provide help on the streets, move people into their own accommodation and work with people at risk of becoming homeless. Our a network of partners play a major role in this including registered housing providers, outreach teams, voluntary services and private sector landlords. It is vital that any national funding can be passed onto these organisations.”