Liverpool To Benefit From Government Pledge To End Rough Sleeping

Liverpool will be one of the city’s involved in a pilot project aimed at ending rough sleeping by 2024, the Government has said.

According to a report in the Liverpool Echo, the £16 million scheme is aimed at supporting homeless people after being discharged from hospital. The Government hopes it will reduce pressure on the NHS and help people who are homeless find accommodation, with part of the programme aimed at ‘ending rough sleeping by 2024’. The cycle of people leaving hospital and returning to the streets, only to be quickly readmitted to hospital, is the main objective of the pilot project.

The government said patients who are homeless in hospital are more than twice as likely to be readmitted to hospital in an emergency compared with patients with housing. Adding: “A study of nearly 3,000 homeless patients discharged after an emergency admission from 78 hospitals between 2013 and 2016 revealed almost 2,000 were readmitted within a year, at almost double the rate of those with homes to go to.”

The pilots will run in 17 areas of the UK, including Liverpool, and aim to offer improved services to help some of the most vulnerable members of society with basic needs such as housing, employment and drug dependency. People experiencing rough sleeping on average die 30 years earlier than the general population and the estimated number of those dying each year has risen by about 50% in less than a decade, according to official statistics.

Health and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid, said: “No one should ever have to sleep rough – extra support will ensure those who do not have a home can get the help they need, recover more quickly and end the cycle of readmission to hospital. This government has proven its commitment to helping people experiencing homelessness throughout this pandemic, providing temporary accommodation and priority vaccines.

He added: “These pilot schemes will show how much more effective care can be when it’s integrated and the best examples will be taken forward to help tackle homelessness across the country.”