Mansfield District Council funds home services shortfall

A Nottinghamshire district council has said it is providing £2.2m to maintain services for vulnerable people after its county council funding was cut.

Mansfield District Council said its budget for short term and long term housing support services had been reduced by £1.9m from April 2013.

It said it had found money to plug the shortfall from within existing budgets and by making savings.

The cash will support homeless people and those who need extra help at home.

Services to receive the funding include temporary accommodation for homeless people and support for those at risk of becoming homeless.

The district council will also fund support for vulnerable and elderly people in their homes, including 24-hour response, companionship and home help services.

Mick Colley, the authority's portfolio holder for housing needs and tenancy services, said: "The council's priority is to support the most vulnerable people in our district to help them live independent lives within their own homes.

"Therefore it is essential we sustain this vital service for those who rely on it."

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