Cuts leaving people in Cheltenham needing homelessness support

  • Over 300 people in Cheltenham have sought homelessness help in the last year. house_arrow.jpg

    Bosses at CCP and Cheltenham Borough Council have said the “devastating impact” of benefit cuts in the town are causing issues for many people, report the Gloucestershire Echo.

    Over the past few years the CCP have seen 287 people who are homeless or facing homelessness with 1,500 people affected by financial issues.

    Senior advisor Chris Lowry said: "People believe that Cheltenham is an affluent town with no social problems. However, every day we see people in our waiting room who are either homeless or within a few days of being so."

    Cllr John Rawson, deputy leader of the borough council and cabinet member for finance, said: "CCP's comments are a vivid reminder of the devastating impact which benefits cuts are having on many people in Cheltenham. I am under no illusion that everyone in Cheltenham is affluent – I know that some people are struggling to keep a roof over their heads. Although we cannot reverse the effects of government policies, we see it as the council's responsibility to do all we can to help people who are in genuine hardship."

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