Decision details

Trial Housing and Employment Support Programme

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning

Decision status: Decision Made

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To partner with a social enterprise organisation for a 12 month ‘spend to save’ pilot programme of working, with 50 clients who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, to support access into employment and housing. 



1.    That the Head of Housing, Health and Environment, in consultation with the Head of the Legal Partnership enter into a 12 month pilot partnership with Beam to commence fundraising and personalised support for access employment and accommodation within the Private Rented Sector (PRS) for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Tunbridge Wells, be approved. 

2.    That the Head of Legal Partnership is authorised to negotiate and complete all necessary agreements, deeds and documents arising from this decision be approved. 



Reasons for the decision:

To provide an opportunity to support 50 clients into both employment and to secure accommodation.  The pilot will help drive forward the Council’s Homelessness Strategy and commitment to helping identify and prevent those at risk for homelessness, help homeless residents find employment and/or suitable housing, and become financially secure.

Alternative options considered:

Not to partner Beam would mean the Council would have to continue to support those clients who are homeless or at risk of homelessness  through the usual forms of housing options, such as funding deposits and advanced rent. 

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:

No conflicts of interest were declared by an Member who was consulted in respect of this decision. 

Publication date: 09/08/2022

Date of decision: 09/08/2022

Effective from: 17/08/2022

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