'Catastrophic cuts must be stopped'
THE chief executive of Derbyshire YMCA has spoken out against cuts to homelessness services proposed by Derby City Council in its next budget.
Gillian Sewell said: "The effects of such massive cuts would be catastrophic. We're working with other providers in the city through the Derby Hostel Liaison Group to make the case for continued funding. The chief executive of Homeless Link has acknowledged that funding cuts envisaged here are the highest yet proposed anywhere in the country."
The council proposes slashing its budget for "housing-related services", such as hostels, from £3.8 million this year to £1.8 million by 2014-15.