A STRATEGY to help the homeless is among topics up for debate at a meeting tonight.

Oxford City Council's cabinet will gather at Oxford Town Hall from 6pm, with 18 items on the agenda including financial reports.

Councillors will also discuss how to use funding in 2020/21 to provide services for rough sleepers, with a county-wide strategy.

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A report prepared ahead of the meeting stated: "Despite progress being made to reduce numbers, rough sleeping continues to be a significant issue in the city, with high numbers of rough sleepers being identified by the Oxford Street Population Outreach Team (OxSPOT) each month.

"75 people were seen rough sleeping in October 2019 and 59 in November 2019.

"However, these are significant reductions on the corresponding numbers from 2018."

The report states that the council expects to spend £5.5m on homelessness and prevention services in 2020/21, including about £1.67m per year specifically for rough sleeping and 'single homelessness'.