Homeless beds in Reading to rise despite cuts

Accommodation for homeless people in Reading is set to be increased as part of plans which the council claim will also save £215,000.

Following a review, the number of beds available across the borough is due to rise by 24 to 224.

The authority said more places will go to couples, women, people with pets and those who need longer-term support.

Savings of £215,000 will come from efficiencies within the service, the council claimed.

A final decision on the proposals will be taken by the council's cabinet in late November.

Rachel Eden, member for housing and neighbourhoods, said: "This review has involved taking a long, hard look at opportunities to get the very best outcomes, particularly for those people with more complex support needs.

"With increases in homelessness predicted nationally, here in Reading we are doing all we can to support residents who find themselves homeless."

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