Council action for homeless

SENIOR councillors at Ashfield District Council have voted to consider plans to help reduce homelessness in the area following an extensive scrutiny review into the issue.

Cabinet members heard at last Monday’s cabinet meeting that the current economic climate, planned changes to the benefits system and cuts to Nottinghamshire County Council’s Supporting People budget are set to impact on the number of people in Ashfield finding themselves made homeless.

Coun David Shaw, who chaired the scrutiny review, told the meeting that homelessness in the district was already up by 18 per cent between October and December.

The recommendations moved by the cabinet include considering the possibility of setting up a night shelter in winter, exploring options around debt advice to avoid homelessness and improving joint working with partner agencies.

Council leader John Knight said: “At a district council level we are now taking on what the county council and Government have refused to do.”