Supporting homeless people is very much on people’s minds as winter sets in, and in Stockport I am concerned to see a rise in the numbers of people sleeping rough in the town centre. We are fortunate to have the Wellspring which offers help- with the generous support of local people and businesses – for example through the Rucksack Project which encourages donations of rucksacks and warm winter clothing.
However it is sometimes hard to be successful in getting long term rough sleepers off the streets for a number of reasons.
Over recent months I have been carrying out a survey to find out more about the situation of people with caring responsibilities in Stockport. I have had a positive response to this survey with lots of feedback from local residents.
The Department of Health are currently developing the Government’s next Strategy for Carers and I have now provided a written submission to be included in the Department of Health’s consultation with a summary of the issues and concerns that local residents have raised in response to my survey. You can read my submission to the Department of Health’s consultation here – http://anncoffeymp.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Response-to-Depart-of-Health-consultation.pdf.
If you live within my Stockport constituency and would like to complete my carers survey, you can do so via the following link – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MMRKWQQ. I should be most grateful for your comments.