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Norfolk council spends more than £100,000 on homeless housing amid fears over end to support

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A Norfolk council is spending more than £100,000 on a property to house the homeless amid fears over government withdrawal from a scheme to support people through the Covid-19 pandemic.

North Norfolk District Council is buying a flat in North Walsham to offer temporary housing to homeless families. It follows two similar acquisitions by the council earlier this year in similar properties. And it follows concern over the government's continued support of a scheme to house people during the coronavirus crisis.

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Reports the government would no longer fund the 'Everyone In' scheme, which saw homeless people put up in hotels to keep them safe from the virus, were published by the Manchester Evening News last week. But the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said 'any suggestion the government is reneging on the commitment set out at the start of this national emergency is entirely wrong."

"We have to send families out of area as we don't have family accommodation. It's not ideal to move children around. We want to keep people safe locally. Now that we've managed to get those people into accommodation, it's an ideal time to work with them. No one becomes homeless because they want to."

– Sarah Butikofer, NNDC leader

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