A ‘sig­nif­i­cant’ in­crease in home­less ap­pli­ca­tions

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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.

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