Have your say on plan for home­less

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life -

RES­I­DENTS are be­ing in­vited to give their views on a re­port that will guide how West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil helps some of the most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in the area.

The coun­cil has car­ried out a re­view of home­less­ness in the bor­ough and the find­ings have been used to cre­ate a new draft Home­less­ness Strat­egy for 2017-2022.

They now want res­i­dents and providers of lo­cal home­less­ness ser­vices to give their views as part of the de­vel­op­ment of the new strat­egy.

In the re­view it was found that de­spite home­less­ness na­tion­ally in­creas­ing, in West Lan­cashire, the num­ber has been in de­cline since 2011.

The use of tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion is also low com­pared to national fig­ures, with only 10 house­holds be­ing placed in 2015/16.

Key ob­jec­tives of the strat­egy are to en­hance the depth and range of hous­ing ad­vice ser­vices to meet cur­rent and fu­ture chal­lenges, en­hance the hous­ing of­fer avail­able to all home­less ap­pli­cants in the bor­ough and im­prove health and well­be­ing. An ac­tion plan has been de­vised to meet those ob­jec­tives.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the draft strat­egy please visit www. west­lancs.gov.uk/yourviews and click in the con­sul­ta­tions un­der way link.

Cllr Kevin Wright, whose port­fo­lio in­cludes re­spon­si­bil­ity for the strat­egy, said: “This strat­egy is a very im­por­tant doc­u­ment as it helps the coun­cil as­sist some of the most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in our com­mu­nity.

“I would urge peo­ple to take part in the con­sul­ta­tion to en­sure the fi­nal strat­egy re­flects the re­quire­ments of lo­cal peo­ple.”

Com­ments can be sent by email to laura.lea@west­lancs. gov.uk or by post to Pri­vate Sec­tor Hous­ing Team, 61 West­gate, Skelmers­dale, WN8 8LP.

The con­sul­ta­tion be­gan on Mon­day, March 20 and the clos­ing date for com­ments is May 1, 2017.

Views are be­ing sought on West Lancs coun­cil’s home­less­ness strat­egy

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