Teams at Euclid Street working to help the homeless, and to prevent homelessness will receive extra money.

Swindon is one of 11 councils across the south west of England to share an extra £1.3m to use in helping people get off the street.

Housing and Homelessness Minister Heather Wheeler said: “No one should ever have to face a night on the streets, and as a government we are taking steps to ensure people are never faced with this as their only option.

“These are vulnerable people who need specialist support to get back on their feet and turn their lives around.

“The funding announced today will ensure those sleeping on the streets across the south west have access to professional help and guidance to start their recovery, helping to build on the government’s ambition to end rough sleeping for good.”

The government says the money will be used to employ specialist support workers who will direct vulnerable people to mental health support, substance misuse counselling and housing advice services.