More funds to tackle the issue in county

JPCT-21-02-12 West Sussex County Hall (North), Horsham S12081819a -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT-21-02-12 West Sussex County Hall (North), Horsham S12081819a -photo by Steve Cobb

THE COUNTY Council has confirmed plans to continue paying more than £820,000 each year to tackle youth homelessness.

For the past two years it has paid £821,000 towards the Youth Homelessness Initiative in partnership with district and borough councils which would address the needs of homeless 16 and 17 year olds.

When it was first set up in 2010, the business case for a total of £2.4million to be spent towards the initiative was based upon joint working to provide preventative housing services that met the needs of young people, rather than bringing them into care unnecessarily.

After a review last month, the cabinet decided to release funds in the next financial year and also in 2013/14. The sum of £821,000 will be paid each year up to 2014, but after that an alternative source of funding will be required.