Budget threat to homeless charity
HOMELESS charity Shelter may have to shut its Gloucester office because of Government cuts to legal aid.
It relies on the money to pay for its work to help keep people off the streets.
The move by Whitehall means its budget for face-to-face services has been slashed by 50 per cent nationwide.
Its office in Saint Michael's Square, Gloucester, is one of many that provides advice for people looking at the prospect of life on the streets.
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Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said it is consulting staff about the impact to services and added: "If these services have to close as a result of cuts to legal aid, this will be a massive blow not only to our staff, but to the people in the affected areas.
"With the ongoing recession, benefit cuts, and the high cost of housing meaning more and more people struggling to keep a roof over their heads, now is the very worst time to be taking away the housing safety net that helps people stay in their homes."