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Bristol housing support 

Location: UK » South West » BS
Sector: Housing

Bristol City Council is planning to reduce its Tenant Support Service budget by 20 percent in 2011/12, meaning that either fewer tenants will be supported, or support periods will be reduced.

The Tenant Support Service offers individual support to people who are vulnerable, including those who have difficulties due to disability, mental health issues, drug or alcohol problems or domestic violence. The service helps tenants sort out any problems with their housing, access benefits and services, sort out bills and debts, and signposts training and employment opportunities, among others.

The council also plans to reduce the size of its private sector team by nine staff members by ending fixed term contracts. The cut will mean a reduced level of service from the council, such that it will not respond to calls unless there is a serious housing or public health issue. An example given by the council is that it will not deal with overgrown gardens, while drainage problems will in future be the responsibility of Wessex Water.

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