'Hundreds of children on the Isle of Wight will be homeless this Christmas, according to estimates from housing charity Shelter.
Across Britain, the number of homeless children has increased by 59% in five years, the charity’s report said.
One in every 95 homeless#
On the Isle of Wight, at the end of March this year, 265 children were reported as homeless.
It means one in every 95 children in the area was homeless.
Shelter says that trends from recent years show that levels of homelessness at Christmas are generally at least as high as in March.
22% increase in last five years
In March 2013, 217 children were recorded as homeless on the Isle of Wight, meaning an increase of 22% over the time period.
The majority of homeless children are living in temporary accommodation, meaning they can be moved on at short notice.
In more severe cases, they could be living short-term with friends or family, or in hostels or bed and breakfasts – accommodation the report describes as “totally inappropriate” for children.
While legislation means children should never have to sleep rough, there are some extreme cases in which this can happen for a short time.'
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Law Centre say IWC’s response over funding cuts is ‘meaningless’
The Law Centre have disputed a statement from the Isle of Wight council – over the loss of their core funding – as meaningless.
As reported by OnTheWight yesterday, the Isle of Wight council will cease core funding for the Law Centre from June 2019.
The Law Centre say it will result in a loss of 12 jobs and could end up costing the Isle of Wight council between £1.5-£1.9m per annum.
IWC: Necessary to recommission AIG agreements
In response to yesterday’s report, the Isle of Wight council issued a statement this afternoon that read:
“Legally, the Isle of Wight Council has an obligation it must comply with when buying goods and services.
“Part of this legal obligation is to ensure that contract opportunities are advertised.
“The existing agreements for information, advice and guidance, including those with the Law Centre, will expire and it is necessary to ensure these are recommissioned so that valuable services for the Island can continue to be delivered.
“The procurement process is open and transparent and the Law Centre can bid for the contract, either alone or in partnership with other voluntary organisations, should it wish to continue to deliver these services.
“The current actions are not about stopping the support available but instead looking at better ways of delivering them and aligning them across the board.”
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