Report warns of impact funding cuts will have on housing services for vulnerable people in Lichfield and Burntwood

A number of housing support services for vulnerable people in Lichfield and Burntwood could be hit after it was revealed that more than £1.3million of funding will not be received.

Lichfield District Council’s Fit for the Future review has outlined that the end of money from the Government’s Supporting People programme in March 2016 could lead to increased pressure on local organisations.

A report to a meeting of the local authority’s Cabinet next week said: “The cessation of funding will result in the current providers of support services for vulnerable people either stopping or curtailing their services.

“The impacts on local service provision are not yet fully understood, however they will affect serveral services in the district which could lead to an increase in the number of vulnerable customers requiring advice and assistance from the council to remain in their homes or access suitable accommodation.”

The report added that victims of domestic abuse, young people, offenders and vulnerable adults are likely to be among those hit by the withdrawal of funding in the local area.

“While some of these schemes are not situated in the district, referrals are made to these schemes by the council’s housing options team,” the report added.

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