Cash for homeless services

Stirling Council has announced it is to spend an extra £730,000 improving homeless services in the area.

Councillors had previously set aside £1m to convert the former Holy Trinity School into ten homeless units.

The investment is aimed at cutting the cost of placing homeless families into bed and breakfast accommodation.

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The area currently has 70 families, including about 100 children, living in temporary accommodation, at a cost of more than £500 per place a week. The hostel, at the former school in Stirling, will open in the autumn. SNP councillor Alasdair MacPherson said: “Nearly 800 people have approached the council for help because of homelessness since April last year.

“By the end of February there were 250 homeless households waiting to be re-housed.”

He added: “This new investment in the service will go a long way to ensure that homeless applicants receive the quality of service they need when faced with a housing crisis.”