A campaign has been launched against the County Council’s proposed 38% cut to the budget for homelessness. 33% of the funding for Oxford Homeless Pathways comes from the County Council and it is likely that this new round of cuts would lead to service closures in Oxford.
It is estimated that there are about 60 people sleeping rough in Oxford, and it is feared that this number will rise if cuts go ahead. Homelessness in the County is already at its highest level in years and an estimated 350 people across the County receive support from homelessness charities, but it is feared this support will be under threat with these latest cuts.
An online petition has been launched which calls on the County Council to reconsider these cuts. You can sign it here: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/oxfordshire-county-council-review-the-proposed-38-budget-cuts-for-housing-related-support
The campaign has been co-ordinated by Anne-Marie Canning, Labour City Councillor for Carfax ward.