Jobcentres across the UK are to benefit from a boost of up to £3 million to support homeless people, Minister for Welfare Delivery Will Quince said today.
The new funding will see jobcentre staff joining outreach teams on the streets to speak to people sleeping rough, helping them to claim their benefits, find new work, secure stable accommodation and direct them to additional support.
Staff will be able to spend more time working with charities and other organisations to help people who are homeless, including those rough sleeping.
The funding will also be used to bolster projects jobcentres are already working on with various organisations, such as the Salvation Army in Cardiff, and Teardrops in St Helens, to support homeless claimants.
Jobcentre staff could also be stationed in charity run day centres to advise those who use those services, but have not yet visited a jobcentre.