We are committed to ending long term homelessness and the need to sleep rough.
To address the issue of existing homelessness we will review and update the existing
Homeless Strategy, including a specific focus on youth homelessness, and take into
account the current demands on existing housing and health services with a view to
assessing how to best provide additional services.
In line with our Comprehensive Spending Review, we will alleviate the problem of long
term homelessness by introducing a ‘housing first’ approach to accommodating homeless
people. In this way we will be able to offer homeless people suitable, long term housing
in the first instance and radically reduce the use of hostel accommodation and the
associated costs for the Exchequer