Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Pioneering homeless review to cover Adur, Arun and Worthing

Members of the homeless community will be asked how easy it is for them to access services across Arun, Adur andWorthingas part of a pioneering review.

All organisations that have first hand experiences of working with or helping homeless people access health, employment, education and leisure services are being invited to take part

The investigation is being led by a panel of 9 Councillors from Arun, Worthingand Adur Councils and is being supported by the Centre for Public Scrutiny

Chair of the Joint Scrutiny Panel, Arun District Councillor Dr James Walsh said:

“Changing circumstances mean that anyone can find themselves homeless – it is not a problem that is restricted to one particular group in society.

“Residents across all three Districts are facing significant difficulties and uncertainties as a result of both the downturn in the economy and the subsequent impact on the housing market as well as changes currently taking place around the future of social housing and the welfare benefits system.

“It is important that we have a clear picture that identifies any gaps or improvements needed in the current services provided to people who find themselves homeless.”

The review forges new ground for the authorities and joint scrutiny working as it is the first ever undertaken in this way.

Anyone who wants to share their experiences is invited to write to Mark Lowe   atWorthingTown Hall,Chapel Road,Worthing,

An event will be held at the Town Hall On Thursday, October 6 bringing all the representations together. Guests will include various groups such as Shelter and Homelink.

For more information, contact Mark Lowe from Worthing Borough Council on 01903 221009.