Homeless charities worry that the 2024 deadline to end rough sleeping will not be met.

Homelessness groups worry that the 2024 deadline to abolish rough sleeping will be missed. According to Rishi Sunak, his government is reneging on its promise to abolish rough sleeping in England. Homeless charities have expressed to Rishi Sunak their grave concern that the government won’t be able to abolish rough sleeping in England by 2024.

The organisations claimed in a letter to the prime minister that the data indicates “we are moving backwards when it comes of achieving the goal.” The government reaffirmed its 2019 manifesto goal to abolish rough sleeping by the end of this parliament when it released its Eliminating Rough Sleeping for Good strategy in September.

The letter, which was coordinated by Homeless Link, the national membership group for frontline homelessness organisations, has been signed by more than 30 organisations, including St. Mungo’s and the National Housing Federation. The NGOs applauded the funds promised in the spring statement and the long-awaited renters’ reform bill’s submission to parliament last month, which included a commitment to put an end to section 21’s so-called no-fault evictions. However, they insisted that more has to be done.

However, the letter stated that, despite these encouraging developments, we continue to have serious budgetary concerns regarding the nation’s homelessness programmes. Some homelessness providers are currently attempting to manage annual gaps in the hundreds of thousands of pounds for contracted services since very few local authorities have the ability to raise commissioned homelessness contracts in step with inflation. The letter added: they are not simply statistics; they are real people who have been abandoned by the mechanisms meant to keep them safe. Someone who has recently left the foster system, a lady escaping an abusive partner, or someone who tried their best but just couldn’t keep up with escalating rent costs could all be candidates.

A government spokeswoman emphasised the £2 billion Rough Sleeping Strategy, which includes an investment of up to £500 million in support to local authorities throughout England from April 2022 to March 2025, in saying that the government was “completely committed to eliminating rough sleeping.”

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