On-street drinking tackled in Lincoln with £0.5m fund

More than £500,000 is being spent to try to cut drinking on streets in Lincoln.

Framework Housing Association has been given £562,000 to set up a specialist treatment service for alcoholics in the city.

The charity will work with homeless people and those at risk of becoming homeless as a result of their drinking.

A 15-bed supported housing scheme will also be set up with the funds from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Councillor Ric Metcalfe, leader of the City of Lincoln Council, said: "As a council, we are focussed on helping the most vulnerable people in our city, and we're incredibly pleased that an organisation like Framework, with a long history of helping people who have problems with alcohol, will be able to use their specialist knowledge and skills to help tackle this significant problem in Lincoln."

Peter Radage, Framework Service Director for Homelessness, said: "There is no one single cause to homelessness but alcohol does play a major part in so many of the cases we deal with.

"We know also that we cannot begin to reintegrate people into society until their drinking is under control."

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