Lincoln secures over £500k to tackle rough sleeping

The City of Lincoln Council has been awarded over £500,000 after ministers announced the provisional 2019/20 allocations for its Rough Sleeping Initiative Fund.

The overall £34 million national funding will be used by local authority services such as rough sleeping support teams.

The money will be shared between the 83 councils in England with the highest numbers of rough sleepers in their areas.

The City of Lincoln Council plans to use its £519,396 to ensure work can continue to help Lincoln’s most vulnerable people, with a wider initiative planned for later this year including work with the police and other organisations.

Strategic Director for Communities and Environment at the City of Lincoln Council Simon Walters said: “This is fantastic news. We’ve made no secret of the fact that we have plans in place to tackle the problem of rough sleeping, and this vital funding will ensure that work can continue to help Lincoln’s most vulnerable people.

“Our rough sleepers programme works alongside a much wider initiative planned for later this year, which will include working with Lincolnshire Police, Addaction and LPFT (Mental Health trust) to drive out drugs and antisocial-behaviour from Lincoln city centre.”