Decision details

Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To seek approval for an updated Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy, which sets out how the council will work with partners to prevent and manage homelessness and eliminate rough sleeping.


RECOMMENDED to the Executive Member for Adult Services, Health and Housing that they:


1.              approve the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2021-26 which has been finalised following stakeholder consultation


2.              delegate the development of a detailed action plan to the Assistant Director of Early Help and Communities, working with partners in the new Homelessness Forum

Reasons for the decision:

Housing authorities are required to consult public or local authorities, voluntary organisations and other persons they consider appropriate before adopting a new homelessness strategy. Stakeholder consultation has taken place on draft versions of the new Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy and Homelessness Review and Executive approval is now being sought to publish the final version of the new strategy.

Alternative options considered:

Should Executive propose any changes to the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy or Homelessness Review, these can be accommodated prior to publication of the final version

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Financial Impact: The local authority receives grant funding from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to support action to prevent and relieve homelessness, as well as funding under the Rough Sleeping Initiative, and grant to support for Discretionary Housing Payments. Actions proposed in the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy will be funded from these sources.

Declarations: None

Subject to Urgent Proceedings: No

Making Representations: In writing to the Executive Director: People.

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Housing authorities are required to consult other public authorities, voluntary organisations and specialist agencies before adopting or modifying a homelessness strategy. A draft homelessness strategy has been prepared for stakeholder consultation prior to the development of the final strategy.


These will include voluntary organisations and registered providers, internal housing and welfare services, and other public bodies such as health agencies, Probation, Police, Adults and Children’s Social Care

Contact: Sarah Gee, Assistant Director: Early Help and Communities Email: Tel: 01344 351447.

Report author: Sarah Gee

Publication date: 25/01/2022

Date of decision: 25/01/2022

Decided at meeting: 25/01/2022 - Executive

Effective from: 02/02/2022

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