Fighting for the homeless

Residents in High Peak are being asked to help shape the council’s approach to addressing homelessness in a consultation which will run until September 7.

The consultation asks residents to comment on a draft s strategy that outlines a number of housing issues that will help to tackle homelessness in the borough which:

l Preventing homelessness and sustaining tenancies.

l Working in partnership with High Peak Community Housing to mitigate the impacts that changes to the welfare benefits will bring.

l Increasing the availability of affordable housing.

Deputy Leader and Executive Councillor for Community Services, Cllr Anthony McKeown said: “The majority of residents in High Peak are unaffected by homelessness.

“However there are still people in the borough who live with the constant threat of homelessness or being unable to afford rent.

“Homelessness can be caused by a number of factors and is not necessarily intentional. Sometimes people find they are homeless due to an abusive relationship or in other cases mental illness and drug use can play a part. Sometimes it’s because families’ breakdown or following the loss of employment.

“It is something that as a council we want to work with local people to address. We are very keen to consult on these important issues.”

lThe strategy can be found at www.highpeak.gov.uk/hp/council-services/affordable-housing/homelessness-strategy-consultation .

Consultation responses can be sent by email to kate.hall@highpeak.gov.uk or by post to Kate Hall, Housing Strategy Officer, High Peak Borough Council, Town Hall, Market Place, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6EL.