The MP for Maidstone and the Weald has expressed her deep concerns over Kent County Council’s proposed reduction of the £5.69m housing budget, which provides key support for people who are experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping.
She has written to the Leader of Kent County Council, Roger Gough, and has this week had a meeting with Eddie Hughes, Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing.
Helen said, ‘This budget provides essential support for the most vulnerable people in our society, and I have serious concerns over KCC’s decision to reduce it. Local Authorities in Kent have achieved so much to address the issue of homelessness over the past few years, and I am very proud of the progress that has been made. This progress can only continue if the financial support for key services is maintained.
Minister Hughes said, ‘It was great to meet Helen Grant to discuss the work Kent County and Borough Councils have done together to reduce rough sleeping across the county, achieving a 71.5% reduction from 218 in 2017 to 62 at the 2021 annual snapshot. I look forward to continued support from the region as we work to end rough sleeping completely.’
KCC have confirmed that there will be a formal consultation for the new services, as well as informal engagement with stakeholders for these matters moving forward.