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On 17 February, Communities Minister Andrew Stunnell announced £18.5 million will be allocated to tackling rough sleeping in England.
The announcement, made at the Broadway Day Centre, near London's Shepherd's Bush, highlighted funding given directly to charities - usually those carrying out contracts - rather than to local authorities. Stunnell said "I'm delighted to be able to announce £18.5 million of funding this year alone directly for the voluntary sector; on top of the £81.5 million we give to councils."
However, although widely reported as new funding, the announcement seems intended to demonstrate that not all funding for homeless projects is being eroded. When asked if this was funding that already existed, David Carnell, a spokesman at the Department of Communities and Local Government, told The Pavement, "The funding is existing funding, but has been protected."