Government cash boost for West Norfolk homelessness support

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West Norfolk could benefit from up to £250,000 of government money to help tackle homelessness.

The authority has been working with the county’s other district councils on a bid for cash from an £8 million Help for Single Homeless Fund.

In his full council report, Adrian Lawrence, cabinet member for housing, said the councils had been allocated almost £94,000 this year.

A further £156,000 is also set to come the authorities’ way next year, subject to Treasury approval.

Mr Lawrence wrote: “The purpose of the fund is to break the route into rough sleeping by improving co-ordination for single homeless clients across local authority boundaries, agencies and the voluntary sector.”

He said the cash would also help to promote good practice and described the award as “fantastic news.”

The news comes just a few weeks after council chiefs approved a new four-year homelessness strategy in a bid to combat a rising problem.

Mr Lawrence said five people were given emergency homeless accommodation over the Christmas period.

However, the number of people on the housing waiting list in the borough fell by 70 in the last quarter of 2014 to 2,424.