Homeless accommodation scheme delayed

Stratford District Council

A new purpose-built temporary accommodation scheme to help Stratford’s homeless will not be considered until at least next April.

The council had agreed to look into establishing such a scheme back in February but at Monday’s Cabinet meeting, members agreed that a number of other measures designed to help the homeless should be given time to bed in, before such a scheme is considered.

Stratford District Council are required by law to provide accommodation to anyone who presents themselves as homeless.

However increasing demand for accommodation in recent years has led to the authority having to rely on costly bed and breakfast accommodation to plug the gap, an expense the council are looking to reduce.

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