Consultation launched on future of city’s homelessness services

Published on 02 February 2017

PEOPLE are being asked for their views on homelessness services in the city in a new public consultation.

Every five years Leicester City Council has to carry out a review of its services to tackle homelessness, and draw up a homelessness strategy.

The latest review comes at a time when ongoing cuts to Government funding mean the city council is having to save a further £55million by April 2019, on top of the £100million savings it has already made.

The public consultation will give people a chance to give their views on existing services, how they are being delivered, and how they want to see them being delivered in future.

People have until March 13, 2017 to take part in the consultation.

The council’s current homelessness strategy covers 2013-2018, and includes services including hostel accommodation, outreach teams, assistance with securing accommodation and working with a range of faith and voluntary groups to provide a wide-ranging programme.

Leicester assistant city mayor for housing, Cllr Andy Connelly, said: “Providing an effective homelessness service across the city is not something that any one single organisation can do by itself – it involves working closely with faith groups, voluntary services and the private sector. 

“We are having to draw up our next homelessness strategy at a time when the latest round of Government cuts we are facing will strip yet more funding from our services.

“So we need to know from people how they feel about the existing services, what could be improved, and how we can meet the challenge of continuing to provide an effective service in the face of severe funding cuts.”

To take part in the consultation visit:

https://consultations.leicester.gov.uk/housing/homeless-services-review-2017 

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