Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
Greater Manchester’s A Bed Every Night scheme has helped more than 700 people previously sleeping rough into warm, safe and supported accommodation since November.
Claiming to be the only region in the UK pledging this level of support for those sleeping on the streets this winter, the scheme, coordinated across all 10 boroughs in Greater Manchester, seeks to accommodate every individual who wants and needs to come indoors.
Since A Bed Every Night accommodation opened across Greater Manchester at the start of November last year, 707 people have accessed services with 183 people indoors on the first Sunday night of 2019. 154 people have also been assisted through the scheme and into their own living arrangements.
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said: “The fact that more than 700 people have been assisted into A Bed Every Night accommodation in a little over two months shows both the scale of the crisis we face but also the effectiveness of scheme. The numbers of people facing or experiencing rough sleeping in our city-region are simply unacceptable – it is a humanitarian crisis on our streets and something we have chosen to face full-on with A Bed Every Night.
“I want to pay particular tribute to all the organisations, staff and volunteers in the teams across all boroughs of our city-region who are working every single day and night to deliver on the ground. Without this level of commitment an ambitious campaign such as A Bed Every Night would simply not succeed – the people of Greater Manchester care for each other, as our progress here demonstrates.”