Rushcliffe Labour Party has responded angrily to the decision of the Conservative-led County Council to cut funding The Friary homeless charity, based in West Bridgford.

Nottinghamshire County Council has said it will no longer be able to part-fund the drop-in scheme from April next year.

The charity currently receives £17,884 a year from the council’s ring-fenced public health grant, which constitutes around 7.5 percent of the Friary’s total income last year.

The current funding arrangement from the council expires at the end of this month, but the council is proposing extending the contract by a final year, meaning it would finish permanently in March 2019.

Support has already been cut from £130,000 to the current £35,000 over the past few years and it is intended to reduce this to zero in a year’s time.

The charity helps up to 250 people with hot food and specialist advice at any one time.

Mike Scott (Rushcliffe Labour Spokesperson) said: “This decision shows how much the Conservative Council cares about homelessness. While it is one of the main issues most people are concerned about, this Council is looking to withdraw even the current reduced funding. Have these Councillors got no social conscience? Homeless people died during the recent cold spell and there is no doubt that more will die if the support they rely on is cut”

Cheryl Pidgeon (Rushcliffe Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate) said “This is a cruel and totally unacceptable decision by the Conservative Council. It is just kicking people when they’re down. Housing and homelessness is one of Labour’s top campaigning issues in Rushcliffe and we will be doing everything we can over the next twelve months to get this cut reversed.
We will also be contacting the Friary to see what the local Labour Party can do to help them in the short term.”

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