St Basils very own Jean Templeton to become government advisor
05 DEC 2017

The boss of a leading Birmingham charity will be helping the Government work on its homelessness and rough sleeper strategy.

Jean Templeton, chief executive of St Basils charity for young homeless people will join West Midland Mayor Andy Street on the newly formed Rough Sleeping Advisory Panel.

Along with national and international experts, they will advise on the delivery of the Government's aim to end rough sleeping in Britain by 2027.

They will also oversee the implementation of the ground breaking Housing First policy for which the Chancellor set aside £28 million for pilot projects in the West Midlands, Greater Manchester and Liverpool last week.

Last year, Ms Templeton was a key player in a successful campaign to stop council cuts and grants to charities dealing with homelessness.

Communities Secretary and Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid, who set up the panel, said: "No-one should ever have to sleep rough. That's why this government is committed to halving rough sleeping by 2022 and eliminating it altogether by 2027.

"To break the homelessness cycle once and for all, we all need to work together, drawing on as much expertise and experience as we can."