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Bristol homelessness services BS1

Location: UK » South West » BS
Sector: Housing

Homeless people are the latest targets of Bristol City Council’s £70 million cuts programme. The authority wants to slash the number of beds used to house homeless people most in need by 20 per cent.

Officers believe the council will still be able to meet current demand for places by running a more efficient service. But concerns have been raised about whether this ambition is realistic.

The cuts are proposed because the council needs to reduce the £5.26 million it spends on “high support” homeless people by between £617,000 and £1.2 million. This will be achieved by reducing the number of beds from 436 to between 349 and 353.

The council has six categories of people who need beds, and provides a different number for each. Some categories will lose more beds than others if the proposals are approved next month. All 19 beds for rough sleepers would be axed, along with all 10 for offenders. The 37 women-specific beds would be cut to 32, due to the closure of The Well, a refuge in Easton that helps women trying to escape the sex trade.

Beds for people with “complex needs” would go up, from 85 up to 115 and there will be no change in the 76 beds for young people. Beds available for people who don’t fall into any of these groups would be cut from 178 to 125. Between them the existing beds cater for 1,300 people a year.

From This is Bristol


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