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*Clerk’s note – In accordance with Part 4, Section H, and Paragraph 18 of
the Council Constitution, the Chair of Overview and Scrutiny Committee has agreed that this decision should be treated as matter of urgency and that the call-in procedure shall not apply due to the fact that any delay in decision making will impact on the Council’s ability to utilise available funding to support families with children, other vulnerable households and individuals in Haringey*.
The Cabinet Member considered a report which sought approval to extend the Rough Sleeping Discretion Policy to July 2021, in light of COVID-19 and ongoing lockdown restrictions in England.
The Cabinet Member noted that the application of ‘Everybody In’ in Haringey had improved outcomes for, and had likely saved the lives of, a number of Haringey’s most vulnerable residents. It had also enabled the Council to engage with a number of people who were both vulnerable and hard to reach and ensured that these people had been receiving support from a range of services. As well as accommodation, the Council has been providing those it has placed in emergency accommodation with food and hot meals and facilitating engagement with health services. The Council had also committed to working with these residents to ensure that they were supported to continue living in settled accommodation once they moved on from their emergency accommodation. The Cabinet Member set out that the Council had provided accommodation for over 1000 individuals since March 2020.
That the Cabinet Member:
some of those placed in emergency accommodation under the policy will
remain there pending placement in move-on accommodation pursuant to the Exit Strategy at Appendix 2 of the report.
consultation with the Cabinet Member for Housing and Estate Renewal, toamend this policy to give effect to changes in legislation or statutory guidance,
or directives or requests of a similar character issued by Government.
Reasons for decision
On 27 July 2020, the Council adopted the Rough Sleeping Discretion Policy, to
ensure that people who were at risk of rough sleeping and were vulnerable in the
context of Covid-19 would continue to be accommodated. This policy was, in the first
instance, to run until 30 September 2020 and was then extended to 31 March 2021.
Given that the circumstances under which it was introduced remain, it is proposed to
extend this policy.
Alternative options considered
The first alternative option is to return to the approach that was taken from 26 March
2020 to 27 July 2020, i.e. to offer accommodation to anyone in the borough rough
sleeping, or at risk of rough sleeping. The ... view the full minutes text for item 9.