Homeless people could soon be 'moved on' from hotel accommodation, according to claims

There are claims the government has told authorities to 'draw a line' under the support given to housing homeless people in hotels during the coronavirus outbreak.

These vulnerable residents are reportedly now set to be 'moved on' from this accommodation, and potentially back onto the streets.

In March, funding was issued by central government to councils to help them take all rough sleepers off the streets and into hotels to self-isolate.

This saw the city council in Derby book 100 rooms at the Holiday Inn Express in Pride Park for 90 days.

The claims surfaced after government report seen by the Manchester Evening News reportedly said: 'The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has drawn a line under 'Everyone In' activity and is now asking local authorities to focus on step down and move on for those who have been accommodated as a result'.

Currently there are more than 100 homeless people being housed in hotels by Derbyshire councils.

A withdrawal of funding would be particularly disappointing given that partners have worked so hard to deliver this solution and that it has had positive health benefits for homeless people using the accommodation."

Cllr Chris Emmas-Williams, leader of Amber Valley Borough Council
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The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have denied the rumours that there is any current change to their funding allocation for rough sleepers during this pandemic.

In response to the report by the Manchester Evening News, MHCLG issued an extensive rebuttal calling the claims "inaccurate" and "simply wrong".