Councillor Karl Love

VIDEO: COUNCIL PLEDGES EXTRA FOCUS ON HOUSING NEEDS AND HOMELESS

The Isle of Wight Council is set to give extra focus on housing needs and homelessness, it has been announced.

Councillor Ian Stephens, the council’s deputy leader, is to support Councillor Karl Love in his new role as Cabinet member for adult social care, public health and housing needs.

Councillor Love has said separating housing needs from within the portfolio will “significantly strengthen and improve” the new administration’s engagement and transparency in responding to the housing needs of Islanders. Councillor Love maintains overall responsibility for the portfolio.

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He said:

“I’m very excited to be the new Cabinet member for adult social care and I’m looking forward to taking on the tasks and challenges ahead.

“I believe it is in the very best interests of our Island people to create a separate responsibility for housing needs and thank Councillor Stephens for his support. He brings a wealth of experience in local government to the role.

“Together, with our Alliance Group colleagues, we will be working hard for the benefit of the whole Island community.”

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Councillor Stephens said:

“We need to make sure that the policies and direction of travel are fit for purpose and will support a wide range of those in need.

“Funding to support activity is crucial, as is the focus on each individual need. Providing the right support at the right time can be so important in preventing homelessness.”

As Cabinet member for adult social care, Councillor Love provides political oversight of the council’s biggest area of expenditure — and one of its most challenging with significant resource reductions and rising needs.

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One of his first actions will be to call on the government to commit further funding to the Island to improve targeted support for those who need it most, allowing more residents to enjoy independent lives in their own homes. He said:

“The government must deliver the promised funding review.

“I did inherit my mother’s prudence — she was able to make a little go a long way and I’m hoping that I can do the same. The simple fact is we must receive more government investment as we are stretched to a critical limit.”

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Mia pinion
Mia pinion
3 months ago

Cllr Love, talk about attention seeking. In the papers four times in three days yet hasn’t done a single thing yet. Just spouted off every five minutes. Shut up and let us know when you actually achieve something being done.

Sunshine
Sunshine
3 months ago

Nobody should be homeless, everyone should have a roof over their head so they are safe and warm. BUT, residents DO NOT want Houses of Multiple Occupancy popping up in their communities. This message is directed at the people responsible for housing ALCOHOLICS AND DRUG ADDICTS. People should be assessed, if found to have an addiction they should not be housed with decent homeless people in a residential road. These people should be in accommodation that is out on its own away from beaches, towns and visitors and residents. They should be monitored at all times so not to cause anti social behaviour. They should then receive help.

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
Reply to  Sunshine
3 months ago

some are homeless because of their poor attitude to the paying of bills, poor attitude to the property owner, poor attitude to the neighbours and poor attitude to their own lives – they get what they deserve – a cold, wet shop doorway if they are lucky.

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
3 months ago

How about focusing on reducing costs, reducing the amount of hands out for cash, reducing the council tax bills and ensuring that those who work for the council are actually needed and not just rinsing the taxpayer in a pointless role or attending pointless meetings that have been scheduled just to claim meeting expenses.

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dot
3 months ago

And how many of the homeless actually come from the island and not paid to come here from mainland council who want to get rid of them and keep there homeless numbers down

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