The Taskforce met for the first time on 7 March 2018 and will meet on a regular basis to support the development and implementation of the Rough Sleeping Strategy. Following publication of the strategy the Taskforce will focus on reducing broader homelessness.
The Taskforce is chaired by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Rt Hon David Lidington MP, and reports to the Prime Minister. Its membership brings together ministers from key departments, which includes the Secretaries of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Department of Health and Social Care, the Home Office, Department for Work and Pensions, Department for Education, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Justice, HM Treasury and six junior ministers whose portfolios cover rough sleeping and homelessness.
The published terms of reference for the Taskforce are as follows:“To deliver the Government’s objective to reduce homelessness and halve rough sleeping over the course of the Parliament through driving action across national and local Government, other public services and the voluntary and community sector.”