Extra cash accepted to help the homeless

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COUNCILLORS have accepted an extra £92,000 in funding aimed at preventing homelessness in the Scarborough area.

The move was approved yesterday by members of Scarborough Council’s Cabinet.

It includes an additional £60,000 for the Homelessness Grant from Communities and Local Government and a further £32,000 of Transition Grant from the Department of Work and Pensions.

Members voted in favour of a recommendation to use the £60,000 on additional resources within the council’s Housing Options Team and the £32,000 will help the Citizens Advice Centre (CAB) provide money, debt and benefits advice.

Andrew Rowe, the council’s housing manager, said the past couple of years had been “very challenging” and last year had seen a big jump with 2,000 households needing help. He added: “We’d like to use the money to make sure that we are not just a responsive service.”

He said that the £32,000 would be in addition to money already paid to the CAB by the council. He added: “A lot of their services have been vulnerable because of wider budget cuts.”

Cllr Bill Chatt, the council’s housing portfolio holder, said that the aim was to prevent households from becoming homeless. He said: “It’s about dealing with interventions. Without this extra money we are going to struggle.”