Derbyshire charity tries to stop 65% SP cuts
A Derbyshire charity has urged the local council not to cut housing-related support for vulnerable people in the city by 65 per cent.
The chief executive of YMCA Derbyshire, Gillian Sewell, wrote to the leader of Derby Council, Paul Bayliss, calling a decision to cut funding from £9.5 million to £3.3 million ‘a decimation of support for vulnerable people’.
Although YMCA Derbyshire itself currently receives less than 7 per cent of the total grant made available to supported housing providers in the city, Ms Sewell said that the proposed cut which affects all providers ‘goes much further than other comparable local authority areas and will cause real harm to the local community as a whole’.
The YMCA has 88 supported housing places at its ‘campus for learning and development’ in Derby.
A consultation exercise on the proposed 65 per cent cuts is still ongoing. The council will make a decision on the final budget in the coming weeks.
‘Without adequate support for those in housing crisis, it is inevitable that there will be an increase in crime, anti-social behaviour and other social problems that will seriously damage the attractiveness of the city as a place in which to do business,’ Ms Sewell said.