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Homeless figures rise in south Lakeland

The number of people in South Lakeland who are claiming they either have nowhere to live or are worried about losing their homes has more than doubled in just 12 months.

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Homelessness fears for south Lakeland

The number of people in South Lakeland who are claiming they either have nowhere to live or are worried about losing their homes has more than doubled in just 12 months.

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) say that the number of people reporting themselves as homeless has increased from 162 in 2010-2011 to 356 in 2011-2012.

The SLDC is joining forces with Eden District Council to draft a homelessness strategy that will aim to address the issue, which particularly affects young people.

Members of the public can give their views on the consultation until 20th May by visiting the SLDC website.

"The council has successfully prevented homelessness in 122 cases in 2011/12 and is increasing the provision of affordable housing to meet the identified needs.

"A social lettings agency has been established to increase privately rented homes for homeless households enabling people to move more quickly out of temporary accommodation.

"The new strategy demonstrates our commitment to tackle homelessness, recognising that the main way of doing this is by working in partnership with others so that the causes are addressed, not just the symptoms."

– Julie Jackson, SLDC's Senior Housing Strategy Officer

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