We want to hear from you about what we are doing in Redcar and Cleveland. Information about the consultations currently taking place is available below.
Redcar and Cleveland homeless prevention and rough sleeper strategy 2020 - 2025
This is a consultation draft of our new homeless prevention and rough sleeping strategy.
Having secure and affordable accommodation is a key foundation for living well. Losing a home is a traumatic experience which has a real and lasting impact on every member of the household. Each year, around 1200 households in Redcar and Cleveland approach the Council or other agencies for advice and support to prevent them becoming homeless. This equates to around 2% of all households in the Borough, but the impact of homelessness affects a much greater number of people: families, friends and others in the community who work to offer support. It also impacts on other public services, particularly health and criminal justice services. Homelessness affects employment, education and the quality of life.
The context for homelessness has changed significantly since our last strategy (2014/19). The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 introduced new statutory duties to prevent and relieve homelessness for every household threatened with becoming homeless. It also encouraged partnership working with a new statutory duty to refer for many public sector organisations. At the same time, continuing public sector cuts have resulted in fewer support services for vulnerable households. Changes in working practices and welfare benefits have impacted on the ability of many households to pay their rent.
The Council is already effective in preventing homelessness for a significant proportion of households. The new duties bring an increased focus on earlier prevention and a more proactive approach. This strategy sets out our key objectives, priorities and actions. We recognise the need to work with key partners in the statutory and voluntary sectors to prevent and tackle homelessness effectively.
The strategy has been developed in consultation with key partners and we are now asking for your feedback. Are the priorities right? Will the actions make a difference? Our consultation document and evidence base for the document and strategy are available to download and view below.
Homeless Prevention and Rough Sleeper Strategy Consultation Document
We'd love to hear from you. In order to make it easier to respond, we have put together a short questionnaire for you to complete.
Tees Valley Broadband Consultation
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council is working with partner councils as part of the Tees Valley Full Fibre Roll-out programme to improve broadband infrastructure.
Tees Valley Combined Authority is planning on using European Regional Development Fund (under PA 2: Support for ICT Provision) to provide superfast broadband in the council areas of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton on Tees.
Tees Valley Combined Authority will contract with suppliers who receive public funding to provide superfast broadband in areas where it is either not available or included in any future commercial plans. Significant investments have already been made with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council funding, Tees Valley Combined Authority and central government match funding. Decisions on where public funding can be spent are made following consultation and state aid approval as part of an Open Market Review.
The public consultation stage of the Open Market Review is now open. This primarily gives broadband wholesale providers an opportunity to comment on the classifications that have been allocated to areas from the data they have supplied. It also gives residents, businesses and communities a chance to review, comment or query the current and planned coverage.
Information on the consultation and how to respond can be found on their website at the following link:
Tees Valley Strategic Transport Plan
The Tees Valley Combined Authority is currently developing a Strategic Transport Plan due for publication in draft form during Autumn 2018.
This plan will set out how transport in the Tees Valley can sustainably support 25,000 new jobs by 2026 along with 22,000 new homes. The aim is 'to provide a high quality, quick, affordable, reliable and safe transport network for people and freight to move within, to and from the Tees Valley'.
To do this we need to:
- Improve our local railways by having more, faster and better trains and stations, so that journeys by rail are quicker and more comfortable.
- Maintain and improve our roads so that they are safe and less congested.
- Provide better bus services that are punctual and reliable, with improved passenger information and facilities, which provide access to where people want to go, when they want to go.
- Provide safe walking and cycling routes to make it easier to travel on foot and by bike.
- Make it easier and safer to transport freight by road, rail, sea and air.