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Task Group Tackles Rough Sleeping In Scarborough

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Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:02am 6th February 2018. (Updated at 6:05am 6th February 2018)

How big of a problem is rough sleeping in Scarborough?

A report was presented at a recent Scarborough Borough Council Overview and Scrutiny Board meeting, which highlighted that there is hardly any support for 'intentional homelessness.'

A Rough Sleeping Task Force has been set up to combat the issue. The most recent sweep of rough sleeping numbers in Scarborough in November 2017 revealed a total of four in the town. 

The 'Homelessness Reduction Act 2017' places new legal duties on English councils so that everyone who is homeless or at risk of homelessness will have access to meaningful help, irrespective of their priority need status, as long as they are eligible for assistance.

Councillor Heather Phillips is from Scarborough Borough Council and part of the Rough Sleeping Task Force, she said:

"It gave us a real insight into the chaotic lives that some of these poor people have led. 

My view is that you're only ever two or three bad decisions away from being homeless and being a rough sleeper.

It can be through no fault of your own, it could be the breakdown of a relationship or employment.

A very strong aspect that goes through all that we've looked at is mental health issues.

I think the homelessness reduction act is going to actually this because we'll have a duty to look after people that little bit longer.

We can go to the root of their problems because someone may be intentionally homeless but it may be because they are really not good at handling money or don't know how to keep a house clean.

If we can address those issues and try to get them into more protective tenancies, then that's the way we should be going."


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