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Homeless prevention job proposed

29 December 08 09:36 GMT

Plans have been put forward to create a part-time homeless prevention officer for Cheltenham.

The proposals are included in the borough council's draft budget which is out to public consultation.

A home-visiting service for families at risk of being made homeless is also included in the plans.

Government figures show the area has the highest number of people assessed as homeless of any district in Gloucestershire.

Councillor John Webster said: "Having a dedicated homelessness prevention officer will mean we can better help some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

"It will help the council to qualify for maximum funding from government grants and ensure that the deposit loan scheme - which helps people who have no savings to put a deposit down on a rental property - is managed well."

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