Prevention work stops people losing their homes

20 September 2017

A new report has highlighted how South Cambridgeshire District Council has helped almost 60 families remain in their homes – and avoid becoming homeless - in just three months.

In the three months to the end of June, officers worked with 57 households to prevent them from losing their homes.

Their target was 30.

The previous quarter saw 39 households keep a roof over their heads thanks to Council intervention, and the three months before that saw 24.

Council housing bosses have said that early intervention before families find themselves in the position of being homeless is the key to the recent success.

They also urged people to seek help before issues such as debt became unmanageable as the Council then has more options available to help people.

The report was presented at the recent meeting of the South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Cabinet.

Updates were also given on other aspects of the Council’s performance, including the amount spent on bed and breakfast stays for families who require immediate housing.

In the last quarter, the total spent on this type of accommodation was just £240.

Cllr Lynda Harford, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Prevention, prevention, prevention – that is our motto. We can make the biggest difference when people step forward early for support. If we can help people early our officers have more options to keep people in their own homes.

However, if you find yourself facing the real prospect of becoming homeless for whatever reason, please come and talk to us.”

The meeting also heard that more than 52% of all household waste within South Cambridgeshire is sent for reuse, recycling and composting, against a target of 50%.

More than 98% of bins were collected on schedule during the three months to the end of June.

The Council was also reported to be exceeding its target to determine 65% of all major planning applications within 13 weeks or by another agreed timeline, by recording a figure of more than 72%.