Help for homeless

A STRATEGY aimed at helping the homeless in Boston and the rest of Lincolnshire and Rutland has been backed by the Government.

Eric Pickles, secretary of state for communities and local government, gave his support to the Lincolnshire Homeless Strategy, which has been put together by Boston Borough Council and its partner agencies.

The council has been named as the lead authority for the four-year-strategy, as Boston was discovered to be a hotspot for homelessness and rough sleeping within the Lincolnshire and Rutland sub-region.

A report by the council showed that homelessness was on the rise in the Boston area and could increase further as planned welfare reforms by the Government continue to take effect.

The sub-region has been allocated £259,000 to deal with issues including youth homelessness and rough sleeping.