West Midlands Mayor sets up task force to tackle rough sleeping

A task force has been set up by the newly appointed West Midlands Mayor to attempt to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping in the region.

Andy Street told ITV News Central that the issue would be one of his first priorities in his new role.

Its members include the Police and Crime Commissioner, West Midlands Police Assistant Chief Constable and national and regional charities.

Housing groups, local authorities and business organisations from across the region have also been invited to give their insights.

A homeless person sleeps on the street as people walk past. Credit: PA Images

The focus of the group is to oversee a dramatic reduction in the levels of rough sleeping by focussing on the underlying issues.

One of the ideas suggested is an alternative giving system which would enable people to donate to organisations which prevent rough sleeping.

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