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Funding slashed

September 27th 2009
Projects in Scotland helping homeless and disadvantaged people are concerned that Government funding is being cut. A worker at Starter Packs, a support service in Angus, said: "The Scottish Government ended ring fencing for homelessness initiative monies last year, with the promise that no voluntary organisation would be disadvantaged. In fact, Angus Council has taken the opportunity to bring in a new system of using vouchers to be used at the three furniture projects and ourselves (Starter Packs Angus). This means the end of core funding for us all and a high degree of uncertainty. "Only those assessed as homeless by Angus Council will be able to get a voucher, which gives limited items from one of the furniture recycling projects and ourselves. There is no support to anyone who secures their own tenancy, who does not wish to go through the council or is any other type of housing need, crisis or emergency. The time scale is also very difficult. In short, there is money allocated to this scheme which will, at best, give help to about half of those assessed by Angus Council, and none at all for all others in need, and we are concerned."

June 2009



The Mayor's year

Just getting by

Gatekeeping protest

Who wants to know?

Olympic legacy

A death and a near miss

Investigating Novas

Big Issue vendor killed

Judge tells man told to 'go down south'

Brighton authorities back out of LGBT funding

Hope House triples to cope with demand

Camden 'cuts' rough sleeping to single figures

Worthing beggar beaten and left for dead

Little House on the Pallet

Families in Wales lose out

Peyroux plays Endell Street

Polish shelter fire kills 23

Mortgage Rescue Scheme flounders

Homeless on display at Chelsea

Hackney hostel facelift

Needlestick injuries, part 2

You looking at my bird?

Free dental care in Glasgow

Edinburgh homeless numbers rise

Funding slashed

Rural homeless

Right to buy scrapped

Revamped services in Edinburgh

US handouts


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