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Shelter Cymru in Wrexham LL11

Location: UK » Wales » LL

Wrexham Council has voted to withdraw funding of £44,000 to Shelter Cymru, the charity serving homeless people.  The authority claims it can manage the cases itself, while Shelter Cymru has said a vital service will be lost.

The money helped to pay for three jobs in the charity’s Wrexham office. Staff hours will now be reduced.  A report to the council said the local authority was trying to ensure resources were used in the “most cost effective way”.

In the last 12 months Shelter Cymru dealt with more than 1,000 cases in Wrexham, including 541 new cases.  Janet Loudon, Shelter Cymru’s national operations manager, described the move as a false economy.

“Any immediate savings made by cutting our funding will be far outweighed by the additional demands made on the council and other services by people in crisis situations with complex housing and debt problems,” she said.

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