Friday, 10 June 2016

Council Pays Homeless To Leave With One-Way Rail Tickets

A local authority has bought one-way train tickets for rough sleepers to move them out the area. Bournemouth Borough Council said nine people had been funded to leave in recent months. The authority said it was part of a new £200,000 strategy using "assertive techniques and procedures". Cabinet member for housing, Councillor Robert Lawton, said: "There's a chance they'll come back and that's something we'll have to live with." In April, councillors were told a new homelessness strategy was being prepared in light of figures showing the number of people sleeping rough in 2015 had risen to 47 from the 2014 figure of 31. Read more on the BBC website.

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