Amber Rudd: Homeless deaths '˜a tragedy'
The MP for Hastings and Rye Amber Rudd has called the three homeless deaths since Christmas '˜a tragedy' and vowed to help eliminate rough sleeping by 2027.
On Thursday (January 4), the Hastings and Rother coroner’s officer confirmed three people – one registered homeless and two ‘rough sleepers’ – had died in Hastings within the past two weeks.
Responding to the news, Amber Rudd MP said: “It is a tragedy when someone dies on the streets and this Government is taking action to make life on the streets a thing of the past.
“The Government has allocated over £380,000 to Rother and over £970,000 to Hastings between 2017 and 2019 through the flexible homelessness support grant to help our local authorities to fund a range of homelessness services.
“For the UK as a whole, the Government is committed to halving rough sleeping by 2022 and eliminating it altogether by 2027. I will work with local councils and charities to help deliver this commitment in Hastings and Rye.”