Bishop Nicholas Calls On Government To Extend 'Everyone In'

Alabaré patron Bishop Nicholas of Salisbury has called on the Government to extend the 'Everyone In' scheme. The scheme was set up at the beginning of the lockdown due to the Covid-19 outbreak and was a directive to local authorities to bring 'Everyone In' during the pandemic. 

Bishop Nicholas has signed an open letter to Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government Robert Jendrick MP, to urge the government to ensure that all homeless people will benefit from an extended Everyone In policy, including people with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) who make up a large proportion of the rough sleeping population but who are currently not set to be provided for under the plans.

The letter, which has been signed by a number of charities and community groups, says:

"Homeless members of society need to be able to access secure and safe accommodation during the pandemic, both for their own health and safety and for our wider public safety but this principle should reach far beyond public health measures. It is the principle of a fair society.

"We therefore urge that, if the goal of the government is to end rough sleeping then the Everyone In policy must be extended so that all people experiencing homelessness are able to access safe and secure accommodation for the entirety of the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond."

We welcome Bishop Nicholas's decision to add his name to this letter as he emphasises his support for the homeless and vulnerable in the current difficult circumstances.

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