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Council pledges support to tackle homelessness

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Thursday, 27 February, 2020

Burnley Council has set aside £45,000 in its budget to help tackle homelessness in the borough.

It is also establishing a cross-party working group to investigate the issue.

A meeting of the full council last night (26th) agreed to set aside £45,000 in the 2020/21 budget to help eliminate rough sleeping in the borough as part of a wider commitment to help support the most vulnerable members of our community.

Councillor Margaret Lishman, the council’s executive member for resources and performance management, said: “We recognise there are people sleeping rough in our streets who need our help.

“The council already provides a wide range of advice and support and we will always do our best to help anyone who comes to us and says they are homeless. However, we also understand there are growing numbers of people who are sleeping rough in our town and who have a need that isn’t being met for some reason.

“The immediate concern has been for the establishment of a night shelter in Burnley but members of the council were clear that this is just the tip of the iceberg with a whole range of issues needing to be addressed. For example, so-called ‘sofa surfing’ has been identified as another form of homelessness that needs investigating.

“The council is keen to get all the groups involved with supporting the homeless together to work in closer partnership and offer a more coherent approach to tackling these problems.

"We need to look at what help and support is available in our borough, not just from the council but also other organisations and individuals, and find ways of improving the way we deal with the most vulnerable members of our society.

“This decision reaffirms the council’s commitment to tackling homelessness and will build on the work that’s already being carried out.”

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