Published: 4th Mar 2020

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, is calling on government to support Greater Manchester’s A Bed Every Night scheme as new figures show the number of people sleeping rough in the city-region has fallen 37% in a year and almost 50% in two. The government’s annual rough sleeper statistics revealed that Greater Manchester’s figure, 151 people across all 10 boroughs, is the lowest in the city-region since 2015. A spokesman for Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) said the decline is largely down to the A Bed Every Night scheme, which is delivered by a unique combination of the public, private, third and faith sectors and other local schemes. Last week, the Prime Minister announced a £236m investment to support people sleeping rough, or at imminent risk, into accommodation, which GMCA said is being welcomed by Greater Manchester leaders as an endorsement of the A Bed Every Night model. However, it comes … (To read the full article, subscribe below)