Residents who are at risk of becoming homeless or who are homeless, are set to benefit from funding that will boost the number of private rented sector (PRS) landlords who will offer affordable tenancies.
Government funding of £469,000 has been awarded to the Borough of Poole and Bournemouth and Christchurch Councils to encourage more small and medium sized PRS landlords to offer quality tenancies for more single homeless people and other households at risk of being homeless.
There is currently insufficient affordable and social housing across the three areas and so the funding will be used to create around 150 new tenancies to support a further 130 priority-need households by March 2020, reducing the numbers of people living in temporary and B&B accommodation.
The funding will be used to:
- provide incentives for local landlords to provide much needed accommodation for vulnerable tenants.
- enable the social letting agency ‘Homes 4 Let’ to acquire more properties to manage on behalf of landlords
- provide one-to-one tenancy outreach support for people placed by the Council in to new tenancies to help them maintain their tenancy and providing advice on issues such as rent arrears and tenancy breaches.
Councillor Robert Lawton, Cabinet Member for Housing, Bournemouth, said, “This is fantastic news. Our focus now is working closely with local landlords and supporting them so that they can contribute to helping to reduce homelessness in the area. It will also mean less vulnerable people in temporary or emergency accommodation and supporting them to maintain secure tenancies.”
Councillor Karen Rampton, Cabinet Member for Housing in Poole, said: “I’m delighted to have been awarded this funding. We can continue to deliver valuable
work to prevent homelessness, and develop further support for our more vulnerable residents.”
Councillor David Flagg, Christchurch Council, said: “This is a great example of showing how we are already working together across the three council areas and how we can achieve even greater results to prevent homelessness and help the most vulnerable. This bodes well for the work that can be taken forward as part of BCP Council.”
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A referendum will be held on 2 May 2019 so local electors can decide if they want Dorset Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Bere Regis to help it determine planning applications in the neighbourhood area.
The plan was prepared by the community of Bere Regis. It sets out a vision and objectives for how the parish will develop from 2019 to 2034.
If the plan is supported by the local referendum, it will be used to make decisions on planning applications.
The referendum will take place on Thursday 2 May 2019. Everyone registered to vote in the parish of Bere Regis will receive a polling card specifically for the Referendum. Anyone who has not registered to vote should do so by Friday 12 April 2019 at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Neighbourhood Plans allow communities to work closely with Local Planning Authorities and create plans to shape their areas
The plan can be viewed online at dorsetforyou.gov.uk/neighbourhood-planning-bere-regis; at Westport House, Worgret Road, Wareham BH20 4PP; or at the Bere Regis Parish Council offices
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A cyclist suffered serious injuries following a collision with a car in Leicester – with the driver of the car then leaving the scene.
Officers are appealing for witnesses to the incident which happened in Burleys Way during the early hours of Sunday 17 March.
This includes speaking to anyone who recognises the white car pictured in the CCTV.
The cyclist, a 22-year-old woman, was cycling across a crossing at around 1.20am when she was involved in the collision with what is believed to be a white Mercedes convertible vehicle with a black roof.
The driver of the car drove away from the scene.
The woman suffered serious injuries and was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary. She has since been discharged.
Enquiries remain ongoing following the collision.
Police Constable Richard Smith said: “The cyclist suffered serious injuries following the collision and is continuing in her recovery. It is extremely fortunate that her injuries were not far worse.
“We are appealing to anyone who has any further information regarding this incident to make contact. If you believe you have any further information regarding the vehicle in the CCTV, we also urge you to make contact as we believe this could help us with our enquiries.
“Anyone who has any CCTV or dashcam footage from the area at the time, and who has not yet made contact with us, should also get in touch.”
Anyone with any information should contact 101 quoting incident 19000135621.
The Dorset Armed Forces Covenant Programme is hosting the county’s first careers fair specifically aimed at the Armed Forces community.
It will showcase the employment and training opportunities available both here in Dorset and nationally for those in the process of leaving the Armed Forces, as well as veterans and the families of serving members of the Armed Forces.
Dorset has a large Armed Forces community, with four military bases across the county. This event is the first of its kind to be held outside the military bases in Dorset and it is hoped it will be the first of many.
There will be a diverse range of businesses and organisations offering information, advice and recruitment opportunities to all members of the Armed Forces community, including spouses and dependents. There will also be a rolling programme of speakers and workshops throughout the day, offering insights, advice and training, including support to start up your own business.
Voluntary and community organisations will also be on hand to provide advice, support and guidance, as well as life-coaching to Armed Forces personnel and their families.
Kevin Moore, Dorset’s Armed Forces Covenant Programme Coordinator said: “We are excited to be able to put on this exciting event that will offer opportunities and inspiration to everyone within the Armed Forces Community in Dorset.
“There will be a special focus on opportunities for the spouses of serving members of the Armed Forces, as this group can be overlooked.”
The event runs between 11 a.m – 7 p.m on 24 April 2019, with organisers suggesting a stay of at least an hour to make the most of the workshops, information stands and guest speakers throughout the day.
Entry is free to Armed Forces personnel, veterans and their families
Businesses and recruiters can book a stand at the event for £20 to promote their organisation and any opportunities they have. Voluntary, charitable and community organisations can book a stand for free.
For more information about booking / attending (including exhibitors) contact Ian Wells: at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01305 244307 .
This event is being organised by the Dorset Armed Forces Covenant Programme, which is a partnership between Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council, Borough of Poole, Dorset HealthCare NHS University Foundation Trust, NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group and Dorset Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and in conjunction with Wessex Reserve Forces and Cadets Association and Kingston Maurward College.
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