One council's budget for homeless people is docked by £8m
A report on homelessness in Derby has revealed that the budget for support has been cut from £10m in 2012 to £1.7m presently.
The Derby Telegraph reports that there were three times the number of individuals and families being made homeless in 2013/14 than 2012/13.
The reports says: “This saw a reduction in [council] commissioned support from 49 services supporting around 5,000 vulnerable people to seven services supporting 165 vulnerable people. It adds that all these services are aimed at “vulnerable homeless groups. The resources of the council and other agencies that tackle homelessness are falling. Well documented cuts to central government support for councils are coupled with falls in support and funding streams to other agencies and the voluntary/community sector.”
Pat Zadora, chairman of the Padley Centre, which helps the city’s homeless, said the biggest issue with the cuts was that cash for “floating support” of people at risk of homelessness had all gone. I think the council will live to regret that because it leads to an increase in homelessness and that’s what we’ve been seeing.”
Budget cuts are being blamed on an increase in enquires alongside reduction in staff and supported accommodation.
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