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Council promises better support to rough sleepers

James Giles

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Around 400 homeless people in South West London could be helped ‘off the streets’ thanks to a £400k grant.

Kingston, Richmond and Wandsworth councils have been awarded £400k from the Department of Communities and Local Government to fund innovative homelessness prevention schemes and help support rough sleepers.

The councils, together with homelessness charity SPEAR, applied for the funding to expand existing support programmes and introduce new services in each borough.

SPEAR is a charity working with homeless people in South West London. It offers services to street homeless and vulnerable people, to enable them to find secure accommodation.

This funding will enable the current service to be expanded in Richmond and will fund two new outreach model services plus enhanced accommodation in Kingston and Wandsworth.

Cllr Kevin Davis, Leader of Kingston Council, said:

“This funding from the Government will help us to meet the objectives set out in our housing strategy and contribute towards securing a brighter future for rough sleepers and vulnerable households in our borough”

Stuart Nevill from SPEAR Chief Executive, commented:

“Our work preventing homelessness and providing fast and effective solutions for people rough sleeping in South West London is a matter of the utmost urgency – peoples lives depend on it. Rough sleeping continues to grow and so must the services we provide. This grant will enable us to work with more rough sleepers, building on our strong partnership with Kingston, Richmond and Wandsworth councils.”

James Giles is the Editor of the Kingston Enquirer, covering local news and events in Kingston, New Malden, Surbiton, Tolworth and Chessington.

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Two men charged with Norbiton murder

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Detectives investigating the murder of 22-year-old Malik Chutton in Kingston on 5 August have charged two men.

Finley Ahwan, 19, of Worcester Park, and Kyle Hill, 19, were arrested in August and subsequently bailed. They were charged with murder on Thursday, 1 November.

Both will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court today, Friday, 2 November.

A 20-year-old woman who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been bailed pending further enquiries to a date in early November.

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