The comments made by Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on 5 November 2020.
The way we have protected rough sleepers from COVID-19 is widely considered to be the best in the world.
At the start of the pandemic we launched Everyone In, which protected thousands of vulnerable people. That work hasn’t stopped and we’ve backed it with £700 million.
As the new national measures come into force, I am launching the Protect Programme to ensure councils are offering everyone sleeping rough on our streets today somewhere safe to go – protecting people from the virus and moving forward with our goal of eliminating rough sleeping.