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COMMUNITY CARE DELAYS HIT SICK HOMELESS

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Delays in the community care system mean homeless people with health problems are having to wait up to six months f...
Delays in the community care system mean homeless people with health problems are having to wait up to six months for suitable accommodation, The Guardian reports (p5).

St Mungo's Association says that under the old system people moved on within days, but now it was taking more than 90 days to get a decision.

Of 88 St Mungo's residents referred for assessment, 55 had decisions which took an average of 91 days to come through.

Local authorities, responsible for assessing people's community care needs since 1993, were sympathetic but lacked resources, the association told the paper.
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