A ‘significant’ increase in homeless applications
COUNCIL chiefs have seen a ‘significant’ increase in homeless applications in the past few months - new figures reveal.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council received 140 ‘approaches determined to be homeless applications’ between April and September 2018, according to a report set to be discussed by councillors today.
This is up from the 104 applications they received over the same period in 2017.
In their report council officers added these were approaches from ‘people potentially becoming homeless in the future.’ A total of 11 households in the Staffordshire Moorlands were placed in temporary accommodation between April and September – very slightly above the council’s target of 10.
The report added: “Staff continue to only use temporary accommodation as a last resort. We have had a significant increase in homeless applications this year which has increased those we have had to assist.”
The council is also attempting to reduce their reliance on placing people in B&BS as temporary accommodation. The report said: “A meeting has been held with the Ministry of Housing who are very pleased with our approach and will be listing elements of it as ‘good practice.’
“The priority now is looking at our temporary accommodation offer to reduce reliance on B&B type placements.”
The report will be discussed by the councillors at the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council Resources Overview and Scrutiny Panel which is being held at 10am today.