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Rough Sleepers Action Plan 2019 to 2020

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) published it's Rough Sleeping Strategy in August 2018 with the intention to eradicate rough sleeping by 2027. As part of that strategy Dorset Council is updating its homelessness strategy to include a greater emphasis on our measure to address rough sleeping in our area. As part of this work, Dorset Council is pleased to publish its annual action plan detailing the steps it is taking.

Objective: To reduce rough sleeping and work to eliminate it altogether.

Dorset Council Rough Sleepers Action Plan
ActionTarget date to completePartners and lead agencyResourcesProgress as at 1 October 2019Outcome

To manage Rough Sleeper Initiative and Rapid Rehousing Pathways funds awarded and work with MHCLG to maximise appropriate awards


Dorset Council and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)

Staff time

All funding utilised and activities approved

Numbers of people rough sleeping is reduced

Create and recruit to project co-ordinator role in Dorset Council

31 October 2019

Dorset Council

Staff time

Recruitment complete - post holder effective February 2020

Support review and refresh of Homeless Strategy to incorporate Rough Sleeping by 1 April 2021

Review monitoring and reporting arrangements for outreach scheme providers

31 December 2019

Dorset Council and outreach providers

Project co-ordinator  and outreach providers time

Initial discussion

Robust audit for use of funds focussed on outcome for people rough sleeping

Review location options for The  Bus Shelter

1 October 2020

Dorset Council

Staff time

In progress

Service continues or increases

Complete liaison with Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) regarding debt counselling service

1 December 2019

Dorset Council and CAB

Staff time and CAB staff time

Complete and bid submitted for Rough Sleeper Initiative Funding

Debt counselling is available to people rough sleeping

Refresh and review SWEP (Severe Weather Emergency Protocol)

1 December 2019

Dorset Council

Staff time


Support available is appropriate and effective for people in need

Utilise Cold Weather Funds to purchase digital equipment

1 December 2019

Dorset Council

staff time

Not yet started

Make available to outreach provider laptop to support access to claim benefits; mobile phone x 2 for bus and church locations during periods of cold weather

Work with MHCLG to co-produce bid for 3rd year of RSI and RRP combined funding initiative

1 December 2019

Dorset Council and MHCLG

Staff time and MHCLG staff and providers time


To identify projects and review Dorset Council capacity

Prepare mitigation plan to enable continuation and expansion of outreach in Dorset Council area if funding bid is unsuccessful.

1 December 2020

Dorset Council

Staff time

Not yet started

Continued and enhanced Bus Shelter; Supported Lettings; Navigator; addition of debt and welfare benefit support

Complete annual rough sleepers count

13 November 2019

Dorset Council and TBC

Staff time and TBC

Count completed

To review rough sleeper numbers; illustrate trend and demand; review current and proposed support and prevention activities

Analyse rough sleeper data

31 December 2019

Dorset Council

Staff time

Not yet started

Information is available to feed into demand and trend response plans

Benchmark prevention initiatives

1 April 2020

Dorset Council

Staff time

Not yet started

Focus on rough sleeping prevention and learn from successful initiatives in similar communities

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