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More hostel beds lost

April 16th 2011

Local government spending cuts have lead to a worrying trend of homeless hostels closing down. With the full impact of cuts yet to be felt, there are understandable fears over the provision of services for vulnerable people. Homeless Link has warned that as many as a quarter of beds available to rough sleepers could be lost as a result of reductions in public spending.

At the end of last year, Lambeth Council announced the closure of its 120-bed hostel in Cedars Road, Clapham, a decision that the council claims "will not lead to more homeless people on the street." However, the charity that runs the hostel, St Mungo’s, has said that it is "very concerned" about the impact of closure.

Mike McCall, its executive director of operations, said: "We want an open and helpful dialogue with the council about homelessness in Lambeth, the role of Cedars and alternative options.

"Cedars Road is a cost-effective, vital place of safety and recovery for homeless people in Lambeth. The worry is that the number of rough sleepers will continue to rise as a consequence of public spending cuts."

This is in addition to the closure of two Centrepoint hostels at the end of March. The City of London Centrepoint and the Salter’s City Foyer have both risen to national attention thanks to the support of Prince William, who spent a night at one of the hostels last year after visiting both shelters as a child with his mother, Princess Diana.

The reduction in homeless services is not limited to the capital, with the announcement at the beginning of March that four of Nottingham’s Framework hostels will no longer receive council funding. Although this does not necessarily mean that the hostels will close down, it does mean they will be unable to provide the same level of support for rough sleepers. Michael Leng, operations director at Framework, said: "this will have a huge, damaging impact on the city."

Mr Leng added: "People will die and, significantly, people will die early as a result of this."


April 2011



Stand still and be counted!

Controversial strategy continues in City of London

Thugs jailed for attack on asylum seeker

Secret camp discovered in Villa grounds

Another violent assault

Bradford body finally discovered

The Big Issue goes app

Rough sleeper’s story takes to the stage

More hostel beds lost

Guerrilla campaign sees skeleton sleeping rough

End to restrictions on Eastern European nationals

Rough sleeper badly burned

Reading man charged over rough sleeper‚Äö?Ñ?¥s death

Enlightened hospital policy

Proposed soup kitchen ban makes way for £2.8m Westminster development

IWIC loses funding

Birmingham rough sleepers share in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Home-made for the home-less

Cannock project supports homeless with free toiletries

St Martin’s Helpdesk open for fewer hours

Skills for Life

I don‚Äö?Ñ?¥t know what I‚Äö?Ñ?¥d do without this place

Report reveals upward trend in homelessness

Befrienders help turn houses into homes

Scottish chef gets a taste of success

Politicians put under pressure to hear homeless voices

Glasgow homeless hit for council tax payments

Street Shield: The byelaw

Westminster - two sides of the argument


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