Home owners get the security
Homelessness throughout England & Wales is a major problem now for all councils. Peterborough council has taken positive steps to deal with this, and it seems to be working too.
The council said we are pleased to say the scheme has been a massive success, with over 30 families now housed in this way across the city. By acting as a guarantor for home owners, the council has been able to quickly increase its temporary accommodation stock and reduce costs spent on B&B style accommodation.
Council acting as a letting agency
Home owners get the security that comes from having the council acting as a letting agency and the knowledge they are helping Peterborough families who have fallen on hard times. Homeless families get far greater security, privacy and space, allowing them to stay in the city, instead of potentially being moved elsewhere.
Plus, the council and its taxpayers also spend far less. For every family housed in this way, the council saves a significant amount each month, plus the extra council tax generated if the home was empty beforehand. We are now looking to extend the scheme further, so if you’re a private landlord or empty home owner, please get in touch by contacting us on 01733 452544
Looking to extend the scheme further
This is another really innovative scheme which allows local residents to make a big difference to the lives of our more vulnerable residents. Each tap with a contactless card allows you to donate £3 to help the partnership provide food, accommodation and support for rough sleepers, supporting them in getting off the streets for good. Find out more about the campaign here www.saferoffthestreets.co.uk
There’s so much good work happening in our city that sometimes it’s difficult to give everything the publicity it deserves. That’s why the city council launched the Peterborough Civic Awards three years ago, to recognise individuals, groups, organisations and businesses that go the extra mile. Previous winners include Brian Pearce MBE from Railworld and the Peterborough Telegraph’s very own David Lowndes.