MANSFIELD: Council is asked to ‘Think Again’

Staff and service users of Framework, Mansfield, protest against council cuts for fears of facilities being shut down. l-r Michelle Hanson Service Manager, Sarah Renshaw, Andrea Lound, Sue Herdon, Verity Wheeldon, Shane Lound and a resident of Framework.

Staff and service users of Framework, Mansfield, protest against council cuts for fears of facilities being shut down. l-r Michelle Hanson Service Manager, Sarah Renshaw, Andrea Lound, Sue Herdon, Verity Wheeldon, Shane Lound and a resident of Framework.

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Staff and service users at a Mansfield’s Framework homeless charity have taken to the streets to urge leaders at Nottinghamshire County Council to ‘think again’ about planned cuts

In its budget proposals for the three years from April 2014, the authority has outlined plans that would result in the closure of all emergency and supported housing for homeless people in the county. 

They also plan to withdraw funding from community-based support for vulnerable people living in their own tenancies, and for crisis prevention work to avoid homelessness.  

The charity, which operates a centre in Sherwood Street, said it would have to close vital accommodation and community-based support services.

Spokesman Michael Leng said: “What has been proposed by Nottinghamshire County Council is shocking. It is unfair and I fear it will cost lives. Framework exists to provide help and support to that small minority of people who simply have nowhere else to turn.”

Think Again: Staff and service users outside the Framework centre in Mansfield’s Sherwood Street.