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Cumbria charity in homeless warning

Although the homeless figure in Carlisle has remained steady for the last six years, the Cumbria Law Centre says more and more people are being pushed to the edge.

Homelessness is defined as not having a permanent roof, and about 1200 people fall into this category each year.

More than a third of all homeless people in Carlisle are aged between 16 and 24, and the charity argues that the problem is that they can't get into housing in the first place.

"People who are coming into dangerous levels of rent arrears is certainly a growing problem. That's a culmination of welfare reform and a difficult economic environment.

"We also see a lot of people who can't get into housing in the first place often quite young people with low paid jobs."

– Pete Moran, Cumbria Law Centre

Carlisle City Council is currently working with local charities to finalise its plans to reduce homelessness. It will focus on the prevention of homelessness.

"Anyone at any time could find themselves homeless and what we're trying to do is prevent people from becoming homeless.

"If someone feels they're going to become homeless get in touch and we'll work with them and put a package together to help prevent them finding themselves on the street or homeless."

– Jane Meek, Director of Economic Development at Carlisle City Council

You can find out more about the council's initiative here.

For support in dealing with youth homelessness, you can visit the national DePaul UK website, as well as the new Cumbrian Nightstop website.

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Carlisle councillors discuss homelessness

Councillors in Carlisle are discussing how to tackle homelessness in the city.

For the last six years, twelve hundred people have contacted the authorities for housing advice annually.

An average of 35 percent of those homeless in Carlisle are young people aged between 16 and 25.

Some of the causes of homelessness cited are:

  • relationship breakdown (29%)
  • loss of rented accommodation (22%).

Carlisle Council meets to discuss homelessness

Councillors in Carlisle will meet today to discuss the issue of homelessness in the city and how it can be tackled over the next five years.

The council claims that all key priorities outlined within Carlisle’s homelessness strategy for 2008-2013 were achieved.

Although the number of people sleeping on the streets is relatively low, the council believes that many people are forced to stay on friend's sofas.

It says housing provision in the city over the coming years will be an important factor in addressing homelessness.

Carlisle City Council staff sickness up

The Civic Centre Credit: ITV Border News

The high rate of sickness among staff at Carlisle City Council is under the spotlight today.

The local authority will meet this morning to discuss why the number of people taking time off has gone up by more than a quarter since this time last year.

Stress and depression are said to be factors.

Consultation on Carlisle's development starts today

Public consultation starts today on the future of Carlisle's Rickergate area.

One proposal includes the demolition of the Civic Centre to make way for a new shopping centre.

It's a proposal under consideration by the city council as part of a local plan for development in the city centre.

The transformation is part of a number of developments that could be made across Carlisle up until 2030.

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Carlisle's Civic Centre may be demolished

The Civic Centre, home of Carlisle City Council, may be replaced by shops Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle's Civic Centre could be knocked down to make way for a new shopping centre.

It is one of the proposals under consideration by the city council as part of a local plan for development in the city centre.

The framework outlines a number of developments that could be made across Carlisle, with a timeframe up until the year 2030.

The plan goes out for consideration on Monday.

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