The National Practitioner Support Service (NPSS) was brought in to assess performance following changes to the Homelessness Reduction Act. The Act, which came into force last April, gave authorities new duties to prevent and relieve homelessness.
Of the ten authorities that the NPSS had reviewed, Ryedale District Council received the highest overall mark for its homelessness service.
The review highlighted the commitment of Ryedale’s team, the strength of the local partnerships in place, the information available online, and the resourcing of the service.
Although Ryedale does not have many rough sleepers, the Council has recently highlighted the issue of the “hidden homeless” – people who sleep in cars, or wherever they can get shelter, and has adopted an approach of “no second night out” to make sure that issues are tackled promptly where they are found.
Speaking about the results of the review, Phillip Spurr, Programme Director for Economic Development at Ryedale District Council, said:
“Being homeless puts people in a very vulnerable position, so it’s really important that the right help is available. This positive independent review of our homelessness team shows that our homelessness team is doing a really good job, and we’re very proud of the result of this review.”
Anyone who is concerned about a person who may be sleeping rough can contact Ryedale District Council’s Housing Team on 01653 600666 ext 43625, or Streetlink on 0300 500 0914.