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England’s councils told to ‘redouble efforts’ on housing rough sleepers

Guidance also says rough sleepers must be able to access Covid vaccine in line with other at-risk priority groups

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Councils in England have been told by the government to “redouble their efforts” to house all rough sleepers, and make sure they are registered with a GP to enable them to receive a Covid vaccine over the next few weeks.

The government also renewed existing temporary protections for renters by extending its ban on evictions for all but the most extreme cases for the next six weeks – until at least 21 February – with the policy kept under review.

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