East Lancashire charities stretched to the limit

Lancashire Telegraph: Eight million people nationally confessed they are just one pay cheque away from losing their homes Eight million people nationally confessed they are just one pay cheque away from losing their homes

CUTS to public services, welfare reforms and an increased cost of living mean many in East Lancashire are struggling to survive, say two welfare charities.

And now a steep rise in homelessness is feared, with eight million people nationally confessing they are just one pay cheque away from losing their homes, Jayesh Rushi, service manager for Shelter Lancashire, said the past few months have seen a huge increase in demand for the charity’s services in East Lancashire.

Possession claims made by landlords in Blackburn alone rose to 103 in the third quarter of the year, compared with 70 claims for the same period in 2012 and 74 claims in quarter two of this year.

Jayesh, who is based in Preston New Road, said: “Christmas is an especially tough time for homelessness charities as the need for services is greater and there is a greater risk involved for homeless people.

“Any sectors that may have provided emergency assistance at other points of the year have closed for the holidays.”

Since January, 1 Shelter Lancashire has helped more than 1,100 people to prevent homelessness - almost 800 of whom were from the Blackburn with Darwen area.

“One of the problems we have in East Lancashire is that there is an ‘advice desert’ – meaning there is not enough support to meet need,” Jayesh said.

Lee Gosling, manager of Emmaus in Burnley, a charity that provides beds for the homeless said: “We have come across a number of people who are living behind skips and that sort of thing.

“We are working to full capacity with have 30 people living with us.”

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4:39pm Mon 30 Dec 13

shytalk says...

It's a disgrace. The conservative government have a lot to answer for. Even criminal charges.
It's a disgrace. The conservative government have a lot to answer for. Even criminal charges. shytalk

5:42pm Mon 30 Dec 13

burner says...

Then stop buying fags and booze ! . . . . or worse
Then stop buying fags and booze ! . . . . or worse burner

5:54pm Mon 30 Dec 13

3 for 10p says...

burner wrote:
Then stop buying fags and booze ! . . . . or worse
Seconded
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: Then stop buying fags and booze ! . . . . or worse[/p][/quote]Seconded 3 for 10p

7:33pm Mon 30 Dec 13

liddle 'un says...

shytalk wrote:
It's a disgrace. The conservative government have a lot to answer for. Even criminal charges.
I think you are confused, it was the Labour Party who got this country into the mess it is in.
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: It's a disgrace. The conservative government have a lot to answer for. Even criminal charges.[/p][/quote]I think you are confused, it was the Labour Party who got this country into the mess it is in. liddle 'un

8:21pm Mon 30 Dec 13

noddy57 says...

the labour party bailed out the banks with billions and didn,t even ask for it back,,having said that these tories are ruthless to the detriment of every low paid family and every vulnerable member of society who are severely affected by these austerity cuts and are inevitably leading to drastic measures and in some cases desperate people contemplating suicide,,
the labour party bailed out the banks with billions and didn,t even ask for it back,,having said that these tories are ruthless to the detriment of every low paid family and every vulnerable member of society who are severely affected by these austerity cuts and are inevitably leading to drastic measures and in some cases desperate people contemplating suicide,, noddy57

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