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US NewsGreater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham Calls On Government To Declare A Homelessness Emergency

08:05  08 may  2019
08:05  08 may  2019 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

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Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham Calls On Government To Declare A Homelessness Emergency © Greater Manchester Combined Authority Homelessness - A Bed Every Night in Greater Manchester has been helping rough sleepers Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham will today call on the government to declare a homelessness emergency - and for the city-region’s plan to tackle rough sleeping to be rolled out as a national strategy.

In a speech, Burnham will call on the government to mirror the recent importance placed on the debate on climate change with a pledge to prioritise rough sleeping.

He wants to see rough sleeping declared a homelessness emergency in the wake of at least 449 deaths on UK streets during 2017/19.

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Andy Burnham made the call as Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) was forced to Burnham called on the government and Home Office to ensure that any new protocols provide “sufficient flexibility to Andy Burnham launches plan to drive down homelessness in Manchester .

Image copyright Greater Manchester Combined Authority. Image caption Andy Burnham earlier met people who had slept rough overnight in Manchester city centre. "We all have a duty," Mr Burnham said, to ensure "every Greater Mancunian has a stable place to call home".

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Burnham told HuffPost UK that early findings reveal that Greater Manchester’s A Bed Every Night scheme - launched in November - has supported more than 1,400 people to get off the streets into somewhere safe and warm. Of these, more than 400 have now moved into longer-term and stable accommodation.

Burnham said: “If you leave people to become long term rough sleepers, it does not save money as the cost to public services is considerable.

“Doing nothing to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping does not save money – in fact doing the right thing is likely to save the country money.”

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Labour's Andy Burnham has been elected as the first "metro mayor " of Greater Manchester A mayor 's homelessness fund will be set up and he will donate 15% of his salary to it, he said Image caption Andy Burnham once took part in a photo- call with Ed Balls to promote playground activities.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham Calls On Government To Declare A Homelessness Emergency © 2019 Getty Images LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham arrives at Number 10 Downing Street on April 1, 2019 in London, England. British Prime Minister Theresa May hosts summit on knife crime in Downing Street with community leaders, politicians and senior officials today. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

He added: “We are absolutely certain there are savings to the health service, the police service and the criminal justice service from running A Bed Every Night.”

A Bed Every Night was established last autumn to give rough sleepers in Greater Manchester a bed, a hot meal, a shower and support to move off the streets and into a permanent home.

It works by taking a joined-up approach to tackling rough sleeping by all local authorities across Greater Manchester. Night shelters have been open in every one of the city-region’s 10 boroughs. They offer a bed as well as advice and support to every person accommodated.

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Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham Calls On Government To Declare A Homelessness Emergency © PA Archive/PA Images A homeless person and their dog on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)

Burnham says he is determined the scheme will be extended by 12 months with the second phase involving a broader range of organisations both in Greater Manchester and nationally.

The mayor believes the rest of the country can learn a lot from the scheme and wants the government to support other cities to tackle the humanitarian crisis that is rough sleeping.

He told HuffPost UK: “When there are hundreds of people dying on British streets, there is a real need to prioritise this issue across the board.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham Calls On Government To Declare A Homelessness Emergency © PA Images Members of the public walk past a homeless man in central London. (Photo by Laura Lean/PA Images via Getty Images)

“I am fed up that Brexit is being used as an excuse to go adrift on so many domestic issues.

“Crisis estimates that if one person is left to sleep rough for a year, the cost to the public purse is about £20,000 in providing emergency support.

“A Bed Every Night costs £32 a night for one person – so £11,680 over a year. When you consider it costs more to do nothing about rough sleeping, it is a powerful argument and a moral imperative for more urgent action.

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Image copyright Greater Manchester Combined Authority. Image caption Andy Burnham earlier met people who had slept rough overnight in Manchester city centre. "We all have a duty," Mr Burnham said, to ensure "every Greater Mancunian has a stable place to call home".

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“Homelessness and rough sleeping just requires public bodies to work differently and lives can be saved.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham Calls On Government To Declare A Homelessness Emergency © PA Images Two homeless buskers in Birmingham city centre. (Photo by Rui Vieira/PA Images via Getty Images)

“We need a society that picks people up as soon as they fall rather than picks up the pieces after they have been left shattered for months.”

Burnham says the key to A Bed Every Night is providing support to rough sleepers when they are in a settled place and can think about issues such as moving forward rather than worrying about where they will sleep that night.

However, Burnham admitted the scheme hasn’t all been plain sailing and issues have arisen such as variation in accommodation and the referral process needing to be improved.

But he says the scheme has made a positive difference and there is some evidence to suggest a small percentage of people have come to Greater Manchester because of the higher level of provision compared to other areas.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham Calls On Government To Declare A Homelessness Emergency © Greater Manchester Combined Authority Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham talking to a homeless person on the streets.

He added the answer was not to scale back what they were doing but for other places to set up similar services.

Overall, 1,423 people have been accommodated through A Bed Every Night in shelters across all 10 Greater Manchester boroughs since the launch in November last year. Of these, 480 people – more than a third – have moved on to a more suitable housing solution.

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Burnham said: “Last week parliament voted, rightly, to declare a climate change emergency. But where is the declaration of a homelessness emergency?

“Surely, when hundreds are dying every year on British streets, that is exactly what is needed.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham Calls On Government To Declare A Homelessness Emergency © 2017 Getty Images MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: A homeless man begs for small change on the streets of Manchester on January 13, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Many homeless people are spending the night on the streets in freezing temperatures as the Met Office continues to issue weather warnings across the country. Despite work by charities to help the homeless. Official figures record that there were 1,850 people sleeping rough in the whole of England in 1998, in a 2015 survey the figure has jumped to 8,096 sleeping on the streets in London alone (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

“People in doorways is in danger of being accepted as just an inevitable and unchangeable fact of modern life. It can’t be allowed to happen.

“This is a humanitarian crisis is of our own making – and entirely fixable. We need to approach it with a new mindset and a new urgency.”

In his speech today at Mustard Tree, a homelessness charity in Manchester city centre, the mayor is expected to restate his manifesto commitment to end the need for rough sleeping in Greater Manchester by 2020 – seven years ahead of the national government target.

He will also reveal his intention to continue to contribute 15% of his salary to the cause.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham Calls On Government To Declare A Homelessness Emergency © Greater Manchester Combined Authority Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham

Eleanor Watts, area manager for Riverside housing association in Manchester, which aims to end homelessness, says the homeless shelter she runs has made an incredible difference in the amount of people it has helped.

She told HuffPost UK: “A Bed Every Night has given us more opportunities to work with more people and has freed up more accommodation to help people.

“It is about pulling together and sharing resources and building a relationship with people and then working with them to achieve a more permanent solution to staying off the streets and getting them into their own home.”

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