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Cash boost to tackle Lincoln drug misuse?

A further £65,000 could be spent tackling drug addiction and anti-social behaviour in Lincoln city centre.

Drug users

An intervention team started work in the city last October, following increasing problems with drug addiction and alcohol abuse.

City of Lincoln councillors are expected to meet tonight to discuss more funding for the team, which would allow it to continue working until December 2020.

Almost £900,000 spent on rough sleepers in Lincoln

More than £896,000 will have been spent on tackling rough sleepers in Lincoln by the end of this financial year, a report has revealed.

A rough sleeper

According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, Lincoln was named as one of the 83 councils to have the highest number of rough sleepers and received £376,747 in October, and a further £519,396 in December for the 2019/20 financial year.

The authority has had two lots of funding from a £30 million Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government pot set up to tackle the rise in rough sleeping across the country.

Tomorrow, councillors will examine how the money has been spent and how it is helping homeless people in the area.

The authority has set up a Rough Sleeping Team, and was named as one of 11 cities around the UK to get a Somewhere Safe to Stay centre which offers support on mental health and substance misuse, and providing short-term shelter.

There has been a rise in street homelessness in recent years and this funding allows us to work with partners to help people who are in this position to access the vital services, including accommodation, that they require.”

Alison TimminsCounty homelessness partnerships manager

Homeless fears over Lincoln shelter closure

Plans to gate off a concrete shelter in Lincoln over concerns about anti-social behaviour will have a knock-on effect on rough sleepers, according to one homeless man.

Shelter at Usher Gallery

The City of Lincoln Council must decide by Friday whether to close off the building in the grounds of the Usher Gallery.

A report states the shelter has been vandalised, and there have been incidents of drug-taking and antisocial behaviour. It states it is now unsafe for the public to use.

But Ricky, who has been sleeping rough for six months, said: "People will find somewhere else and it's just moving the problem on. Then there will be more areas getting abused, misused, mistreated. Until you resolve the underlying issues, it's just moving the problem on somewhere else."

Project for thousands of homes in Lincoln gets funding

The government has put forward £2.1m to help kick start a major new development in Lincoln.

City of Lincoln Council

It's hoped the cash will allow for the first stage of works on the Western Growth Corridor to go ahead.

The City of Lincoln Council is behind the plans and said the project has the potential to deliver up to 3,200 new homes along with a sport and leisure complex, retail units and a new primary school.

The funding has been agreed between the council and Homes England, the government's housing accelerator.

Campaigners push for 'climate emergency' as mayor sworn in

Climate change campaigners protested outside the City of Lincoln Council’s mayor making ceremony today in a bid to put pressure on the council to declare a climate emergency.

Ric Metcalfe
City of Lincoln Council

Campaigners from Extinction Rebellion demonstrated outside the city’s Guildhall as guests and dignitaries made their way in to the event, the Local Democracy Reporting Service reported.

The council has yet to declare a climate emergency but council leader Ric Metcalfe said it needed a plan in place so it could "say exactly what it means in practical terms".

Councillor Sue Burke was sworn in as Mayor this morning.

She is the 813th person to take on the role but only the 14th woman.

We intend to try and get the council to declare a climate emergency, and although they said they will do we just want to keep the pressure on them to make sure they do. Today’s just making the dignitaries here aware that climate change should be top of the agenda.”

Paul Northcampaigner

Labour remains in control of City of Lincoln Council

Labour remains at the helm of City of Lincoln Council after successfully defending 10 of its 11 seats.

Counting at City of Lincoln Council

The party has had overall control of the authority since 2011.

The group's leader, Ric Metcalfe, said: "I do think this has been a difficult election for all political parties with the strong cross winds of Brexit blowing across, what should be, consideration by local people of local issues."

Voter turnout in Lincoln

While low turnouts have been reported elsewhere across the country, the City of Lincoln Council has only seen a slight dip in the number of voters taking to the polls with 29.29% (including postal votes) compared to 30.3% last year.

People counting votes

Lincoln keeps hold of Labour

Labour holds City of Lincoln Council with 24 seats.

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