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Publication date:- 2017-29-07

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Liverpool gets a ₤1 million Flexible Homelessness Support Grant

LIVERPOOL City Council is to spend an additional ₤1 million tackling homelessness over the next 2 years. The funding of ₤948,000 in the form of the Flexible Homelessness Support Grant from the Government is designed to help prevent people from ending up in a position where they are at risk of losing the roof over their head.

A report to the Council's Cabinet, on Friday, 4 August 2017, is recommending using the money to increase the number of staff in the Housing Options Service which helps people find new accommodation, and providing more outreach support for vulnerable people. It is in addition to the council's existing budget of ₤10.8 million for homelessness which is spent on a range of services including temporary accommodation and housing as well as help for rough sleepers and people with complex needs.

Councillor Paul Brant, Cabinet member for health and adult social care, said:- "We have taken great care to protect homelessness services from reductions in funding despite the huge cuts that we have faced in recent years, but it is a struggle due to welfare reforms and austerity which have left many more people vulnerable. We will be using this additional funding to prevent people from becoming homeless rather than picking up the pieces when somebody has lost their home and I would like to thank our staff who have worked hard to secure this valuable extra money."

Councillor Frank Hont, Cabinet member for housing, added:- "The most visible sign of homelessness is rough sleeping but this is just one aspect of homelessness and a small minority of the 6,000 households that we help every year. The vast majority of people on the streets have turned down the offer of temporary accommodation, usually due to complex needs such as substance misuse or mental health issues. In addition, we know there are also professional beggars who come to Liverpool to con shoppers and workers out of their hard earned money by pretending to be homeless.  This is a hugely complex issue but one we are resolutely focused on tackling, whether it is identifying and helping those who are at risk, working with partners such as the Whitechapel Centre to help rough sleepers into new accommodation or encouraging people to contact us through the No Second Night Out programme if they see someone sleeping on the streets."

The grant comes in two tranches, with ₤448,800 in 2017/18 and ₤499,634 in 2018/19.

Million pound boost for homelessness

MERSEYSIDE Police Detectives investigating the murder of grandfather, James Stanton, from Thornton, are appealing for information 11 years after he was killed in a bid to find those responsible. Merseyside Police are now offering a reward of ₤20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for his death.

James Stanton, 58, pitcured above, was shot while he was at work in his business premises, Aintree Commercial Vehicles, on Ormskirk Road, Aintree, on 24 July, 2006. Detectives believe 2 men were responsible for his murder and that they left the scene in a blue Toyota Avensis (registration DM53 MKK), stolen from Sefton Street, Liverpool, 2 months before the murder and was found burnt out on Blindfoot Road, Rainford, the following day.

James Stanton's widow, Jean, has appealed for anyone with information to contact the Police. She said:- "I lost my husband 11 years ago and until those responsible for Jim's death are caught we will never be able to move on. I continually struggle with the question of why this happened to Jim and would ask anybody who has any information to contact the Police. Jim left for work 11 years ago for just another day in the office and he never came home. The brutal and callous way that he was taken from us will always follow us and at the moment there are no answers which will help heal the scars from that fateful day."

Detective Superintendent Dave Brunskill said:- "James Stanton was killed in cold blood 11 years ago and his wife, Jean and family are still struggling to come to terms with their loss. They will never rest until those responsible for his death are arrested, charged and brought before the courts. I would appeal to anyone who may have seen the car between 25 May 2016 and the night of the murder, bearing in mind that the car may not have been displaying its original number plates at the time of the murder. The incident happened on a main route in and out of the City Centre at rush hour and I would urge anyone who was around at the time, either on foot or in a car, to cast their mind back and let us know if they saw anything at all unusual. I believe there are people within the community, and especially the criminal fraternity, who will know who was responsible for Jim's death and would be able to assist with vital information. I would urge them to come forward and help James' family get some form of closure."

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives on:- 0800 230 0600, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.

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