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Council to consider strategy to tackle homelessness

Posted on : 05 Dec 2018

Council to consider strategy to tackle homelessness
Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Cabinet will consider a strategy to tackle homelessness across Gwent, as well as a local action plan.

Local authorities in Gwent have worked together to develop a strategy which sets out a regional approach to tackling homelessness.  The Gwent Homelessness Strategy 2018 – 2022 will be considered by Cabinet at its meeting on 12th December, along with a plan proposing how homelessness will also be dealt with on a local level within the Caerphilly county borough.

The Gwent Homelessness Strategy includes four key priorities: help improve access to suitable and affordable housing; offer fast and effective advice and support, working with partners to help vulnerable people; minimise homelessness and prevent it through early intervention; and ensure fair, equal and person-centred homeless services.
Included within the Strategy is a commitment to working with social and private rented landlords to sustain tenancies and increase access to housing, in order to prevent homelessness.  The Strategy also includes actions aimed at reducing the number of rough sleepers, including a regional review of temporary accommodation.

Cllr Lisa Phipps, Cabinet Member for Homes and Places at Caerphilly County Borough Council, said “The Gwent Homelessness Strategy allows us to work more collaboratively with other local authorities across the region; increasing efficiency and improving the quality of the services we all provide.  Unfortunately, we have seen an increase over recent years in the number of households approaching the council’s homelessness service for assistance; the Caerphilly Action Plan, that’s been produced alongside the Gwent Strategy, sets out how the council intends to tackle homelessness within the county borough.”

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