The UK Government's Rough Sleeping Strategy is committed to halving rough sleeping by 2022 and ending it by 2027. With a clear focus on some of the most vulnerable people in our society, the Local Authorities, NHS and Prison services have all been working closely with Public Health England (PHE) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to help towards minimising the physical and mental health issues they face.

The health needs of those sleeping rough has identified that 50% have mental health issues, as well as 42% Alcohol Misuse and 41% Drugs Misuse issues. In addition to this, those who have been rough sleeping on a long term basis have a significantly higher risk of early death - the average age of death of men is 44 years and women 42 years.

With COVID-19 impacting all our communities, the government launched the "Everyone In" programme to help ensure that emergency accommodation and support was provided to people who were sleeping rough. Together with the DHSC and managed by PHE, additional funding has been made available to local authorities in the form of grants to end rough sleeping.

At ILLY, we focus on making a real difference within the substance misuse sector by delivering and supporting practitioner-led systems that are trusted by our partners within adult and young people's services across all settings.

We are delighted to announce that through a competitive tender, ILLY has been chosen to work in partnership with PHE and the Local Authorities on the Rough Sleepers Initiative. By listening and working closely with all of our partners, we will quickly and efficiently deliver a secure and compliant system that will gather the data and information needed to help deliver on the promise.

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