Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
New centre to prevent homelessness in Manchester
Manchester City Council is set to submit a planning application for the Longford Centre to provide emergency temporary accommodation to prevent homelessness.
Subject to approval, the centre in Chorlton will become one of 50 different housing and accommodation offers for homeless people in the city, with each providing support to different groups of homeless people and meeting different needs.
The centre will supplement the range of existing accommodation and support services and people who need it will be referred to the centre by council homelessness services and other organisations working with homeless people.
If plans go ahead, the centre will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will help single people and childless couples who are new to homelessness by providing a safe and welcoming environment in which they can receive intensive support.
Bernard Priest, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said: “This new centre will be just one part of Manchester's ongoing response to the challenge of homelessness but it is another important ingredient and it's a key component of the Greater Manchester framework being championed by Mayor Andy Burnham. By bringing a range of services together under one roof and giving people a safe and welcoming environment in which to receive support and move forward in their lives, we aim to help prevent people ending up on the streets.
“This is not a substitute for helping rough sleepers and other homeless people, which we and our partner organisations will continue to do, but is intended to provide early help to those on the very edge of homelessness. It’s something we’re keen to have in place for when colder weather sets in which is why we are about to bring forward a planning application. There will also be opportunities for local people, many of whom we know are concerned about the issue of homelessness, to volunteer if they would like to do something practical to support and work with homeless people themselves.”