Published: 7th May 2020

Leading figures in West Midlands local government have written an open letter to the government urging them to offer additional support for the homeless during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. The letter outlines the regions approach to reducing the impact of Covid-19 on people facing homelessness and says the government must provide the support to sustain the current level of support that has been offered, with every known rough sleeper receiving an offer of accommodation. In particular, concern has been raised around the early release of those in prison and the expected rise in the supported asylum population at a time where existing pressures on local housing, homelessness, health and welfare provisions are further exacerbated by the crisis. Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said: ‘The impact of COVID-19 has been severe across the whole of the West Midlands, but perhaps those most vulnerable to the virus are … (To read the full article, subscribe below)