Help for homeless with cash pledge

AN extra £460,000 is to be spent on tackling youth homelessness across Nottinghamshire, County Hall revealed this week.

The additional cash will be targeted at supported housing for young people aged 16 to 21 years old over the coming three years.

A total of £430,000 will be spent on increasing the amount of supported accommodation available – in 2014/15 the number of bed spaces will increase from 151 to 180.

The further £32,000 will be used to keep 26 bed spaces available for 16 to 21 year olds who need them at Mansfield YMCA.

Coun Lynn Sykes, chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s early years and youth services sub-committee, said: “We’ve listened to views expressed in the consultation about the capacity of services for young people and the geographic spread of housing units across the county as well as local intelligence we’ve gathered on young people’s housing needs.

“This extra cash will increase the council’s total budget for supported youth accommodation to just under £5.3 million over the coming three years.”