Homelessness in Nottingham on the rise

HomelessnessThe number of homeless people in Nottingham has risen by nearly a quarter in the past five years according to a charity in the city

It is the highest rise since 2009, according to the latest figures by Nottingham Hostels Liaison Group with rising rents and a greater cost of living being blamed.

The NHL believes that cuts to the welfare system and  housing benefit have also caused many people to struggle with rent payments resulting in high rent arrears and eviction.

 “These issues are also causing wider and parallel impacts on health and wellbeing outcomes, as stress, depression and shockingly – malnutrition – are becoming prevalent among many groups.” NHL

It is feared that proposed cuts by Nottingham City Council could increase homelessness and impact on health in the area. The cuts will see 4.2 million pounds worth of funding cut from homeless services. Including funding to Framework, a local housing authority.

NHL said: “These issues are also causing wider and parallel impacts on health and wellbeing outcomes, as stress, depression and shockingly – malnutrition – are becoming prevalent among many groups.”

Fiona Boyd, a social worker in the city has expressed her concerns about rising homelessness and the impact of the cuts.

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