Nottingham

Four Nottinghamshire homeless centres 'could close'

People sitting and talking at Framework's Sherwood Street Emergency Accommodation in Mansfield
The council said it would try to find alternative sources of funding

A charity for the homeless could be forced to close all its hostels under Nottinghamshire County Council's proposed budget cuts, it has claimed.

Framework, which has shelters in Mansfield, Newark, Worksop and Gedling, said it faced a funding gap of £3.5m.

The authority said it has not cut all of its funding but needed to make savings of £154m over three years.

Andrew Redfearn, the charity's chief executive, said the move could increase the number of rough sleepers.

'Significant cut'

Mr Redfearn said: "Lives are at stake... we are talking about people who don't have alternatives.

"We're trying to stabilize their lives and put a roof over their heads.

"We're looking at an increase in rough sleeping and all the problems that go with it."

Muriel Weisz, chair of the council's adult social care and health committee, said: "We are proposing a significant cut in their grant but we're not taking it away completely."

Ms Weisz added that the council would be working with Framework in an attempt to find alternative sources of funding to make up for the shortfall and keep services running.

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