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of Yorkshire’s 2013 – 2018 sets out how the Council and its partners will work together to tackle the causes of homelessness and meet the needs of people without access to a home of their own.

This new strategy builds on the work of the last Homelessness Strategy published in 2008. It has been developed after consideration of the findings of an independent homelessness review (undertaken in August 2012) and utilises a range of data sources, including official statistics and stakeholder surveys.

The number of households accepted as being owed the main homelessness duty by the Council has been increasing year on year, with 463 homelessness acceptances in 2011 compared to only 337 in 2009.

Despite a slight fall in numbers in 2012, there are concerns that people are increasingly facing difficulties in managing their income and costs as a result of the continuing economic downturn, and this is likely to be exacerbated by the changes to benefit from April 2013 and the introduction of Universal Credit from October 2013.

Recognising the importance of early intervention and prevention to reduce homelessness, the Council and its partners have identified the following three priority outcomes.

The first is to prevent households from becoming homeless through effective partnership working. Vulnerable individuals at risk of homelessness will be identified at an early stage of their housing need, and their underlying problems addressed before they reach a crisis point.

Key to this will be effective information and advice services, and the Council will work with the voluntary sector to improve the quality and accessibility of housing advice provision across the East Riding.

The second priority outcome is to ensure that there are effective pathways into housing for people that are homeless. This will help to prevent repeat homelessness and make the goal of independent living more attainable for vulnerable people at risk of homelessness. It will also help to ensure that there is sufficient movement through schemes to promote the availability of supported and temporary  for those that need it most.

The third priority outcome is to secure access to safety net services and support for those in crisis to manage a transition to settled . Alongside the housing, pathway set out in outcome two, this outcome will ensure that there are sufficient support services for the most vulnerable groups, including people that are sleeping rough and young people.

This will help the Council to achieve the ’s No Second Night Out aim.

This aims to ensure that any person that is new to the streets is contacted within 24 hrs and offered support and assistance, including access to emergency .

Comments on the draft strategy are invited up to 15 March 2013, which can be viewed at www.eastriding.gov.uk/say Following the consultation period; the strategy will be taken to Cabinet for approval.

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HOUSING BENEFIT CHANGES

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is changing from1 January 2012 for single people in privately rented accommodation

If you are single, aged under 35 and living in self contained privately rented accommodation your benefit will change to the shared accommodation rate (exceptions apply). This means that the amount of benefit you receive will go down.

If you are a private landlord and your tenant receives housing benefit and you receive direct payment for them then your payments will reduce.

If you claimed housing benefit before April 2011, changes have been made to Local . Your claim has been protected for 9 months from the annual review date of your claim. This means that from January 2012 onwards your benefit may change. We previously wrote to customers to advise of this change.

For more information and details of when your benefit will reduce call 01482 394799 of call into your local . Further information is available at www.direct.gov.uk or www.eastriding.gov.uk

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Council’s Team is inviting private landlords, who own properties in the area, to attend one of three business seminar events taking place in November.

The seminars are free events and include workshops looking at excess cold, damp and mould growth within properties and what landlords can do to prevent it occurring and what works need to be carried out to remedy the hazards.

An update will also be given about changes, changes to legislation, landlord training and the new Green Deal and Energy Efficiency Bill.

Seminars will be held on Thursday, 10 November at Park Golf Centre, Tuesday, 15 November in the Waterfront Suite at Leisure Centre and on Wednesday, 23 November in the Harbour Suite at The Spa .

These informal events have been organised as part of council’s commitment to working in partnership with private landlords and promoting responsible letting.

All events will take place between 6-8.30pm.

If you would like to book a place or would like further information, call (01482) 396301 (selecting option 2) or email private.sector.housing@eastriding.gov.uk

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The is inviting private landlords, who own properties in the area, to attend a conference on Wednesday, 29 June.  The event has been organised as part of the ’s commitment to working with private landlords and promoting responsible letting.

This free event will be held at the Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber, and places are available to all landlords in the Humber area.  It is a unique opportunity for landlords to hear guest speakers from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and the Department of Work and Pensions on issues such as, the Local , changes and how national policy impacts on the private rented sector  across the Humber area.  There are also speakers from local and national landlord related organisations

The conference will include a number of informative workshops covering important areas such as Inventories, Debt Enforcement, Fire Safety Risk Assessments and other subjects that all landlords need to know about, no matter how many properties they rent out.    The conference is supported by an exhibition of organisations and businesses involved in the private rented sector.

A spokesperson for the Humber Partnership, said:  “We recognise that private rented is playing an increased role in meeting needs across the Humber area and we are keen to provide opportunities to help landlords build on their knowledge and skills and improve the quality of private rented property in the area.

“This conference and exhibition is aimed at anyone who rents out a property and will provide them with the opportunity to learn about the many regulations they have to comply with and how to deal with problematic tenancies.”

Booking early is advised as places are limited.  To register your place, please contact landlordinfo@nelincs.gov.uk or visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/housing/ for a registration form.

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The is making changes to and local allowance (LHA) from 1 April, which will affect many residents who claim the benefits.

The changes may mean that the amount of benefit you receive towards your rent will go down and you will have to pay the difference.

The council will be writing to all those in receipt of the benefits outlining the changes and setting out in detail how they will impact on the amount people get.

However, anyone with further inquiries is urged to ring the council on (01482) 394799, call into their local , or visit the council website www.eastriding.gov.uk or go to www.direct.gov.uk for more details.

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