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Homelessness on the rise in Nottingham

February 10 2012
More people sleeping rough, says Framework


Framework, a Nottingham-based homelessness charity, expects to see the numbers of homeless people on the city’s streets increase over the next 12 months.

Framework provides almost 8,000 homeless and vulnerable people each year with the resources to live independent lives by offering choice and opportunity. Like so many other charities, it is suffering from funding cuts. Its hostel is already at capacity because increasing numbers of people are staying longer due to a housing shortage, so the numbers of people sleeping rough is inevitably rising.

Mr Cully, the manager of the London Road hostel, said: "People are becoming homeless for normal reasons like losing their job, having trouble with bills. A lot of it is obviously down to the economic problems that we're going through... Hopefully, we can move people through the system quicker."

The government is investing £400m over four years to support the work of local authorities and the voluntary sector and has said that statutory homelessness is lower than in 28 of the last 30 years. But is the government doing enough, when last year nearly 2,000 people slept rough every night?

With more and more people feeling the pressure of the current economic climate, will this investment be enough to keep vital services offered by organisations like Framework open and prevent the numbers of rough sleepers increasing in 2012?