Big in­crease in home­less­ness

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Waste Collection Latest -

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil has had to deal with more is­sues with home­less­ness be­cause of the eco­nomic cli­mate.

The au­thor­ity has seen a 77% in­crease in peo­ple ap­proach­ing them for hous­ing ad­vice in the last year and there has been a 20% in­crease in peo­ple be­ing evicted from pri­vately-rented properties.

Mea­sures put in place to deal with this in­clude a leas­ing scheme, the cre­ation of the coun­cil’s own so­cial let­tings agency and a de­posit bond scheme, en­abling peo­ple to ac­cess the pri­vate sec­tor with­out hav­ing to pay a large de­posit up front.

ABC has pro­posed cre­at­ing two new jobs for one year, with of­fi­cers work­ing with land­lords to mit­i­gate against evic­tion and help­ing ten­ants ac­cess the bond scheme.

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