Derby City Council, on behalf of a number of neighbouring Local Authorities, recently co-ordinated the submission of a funding application, aimed at assisting rough sleepers and people threatened with rough sleeping.

The application was a partnership approach setting out a bid to work with the churches coalition in the city and expanding this successful model across all areas within the partnership. Other Councils involved in the successful application include Derbyshire Dales, Amber Valley, South Derbyshire, Erewash, High Peak, Bolsover, North East Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Cannock Chase, Staffordshire Moorlands and Lichfield.

Cabinet Member for Urban Renewal, Councillor Fareed Hussain said:

We are committed to working with local partners to prevent and reduce rough sleeping as part of our Council Plan. Having homes for everyone is an integral part of our economic growth and everyone should have a safe and secure place to live.

Over 40 policy officials from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), including financial and analytical specialists, were involved in sifting and assessing the bids, along with colleagues from the Department of Health, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Justice. The final decisions were made by DCLG Ministers.

The partnership will work closely with DCLG to improve data collection across the local geographical area, to learn and evidence what works to prevent and reduce rough sleeping which will then be shared nationally.