A Recent survey by Homeless Link of services aimed at those who are homeless has shown that across the country provision is shrinking. The summary report stated that:
- In the year to November 2012, 58 accommodation projects closed and 1,811 bed spaces were lost.
- The number of full-time staff has reduced by 16% since 2010.
More worryingly the report shows that services aimed at those with complex needs are losing capacity. As the government announce a new programme aimed at better supporting those leaving prison this information makes it clear that this very same support has been eroding for the past two years:
From November 2010 – November 2012, services aimed at those:
- who have been sleeping rough fell 21 percentage points
- with mental health issues fell 18 percentage points
- leaving prison fell 15 percentage points
- who have been victims of domestic violence fell 14 percentage points.
Our commitment to support our service user group continuously until they get their support needs under control is crucial for the people with complex needs who we target. Our decision to do this without government funding certainly seems a sensible one in light of this report. Removing support from people with complex needs can destroy months or even years of work and set people right back to the beginning again.
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