THE council is set to receive a share of £400,000 to help Barnsley's homeless.

The council secured the funding as part of a South Yorkshire-based bid which will see local authorities - including Barnsley Council - receive extra money over two years, starting from April.

The funding will be used to recruit more people to work with rough sleepers or those at risk of sleeping rough, and to improve how services work together.

The authorities also want to extend the housing advice and support currently available, so people can access it in a safe place during evenings and over weekends.

They hope to create this service later this year which will allow a more flexible approach to offering advice and help.

Coun Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities, said: "We’re delighted that we’ve been successful in securing this additional funding.

"We’re going to put this extra resource into preventing homelessness and helping some of our most vulnerable people to get back on their feet.

"We’ll be looking to provide tailored support, get more people into supported housing schemes and help vulnerable people who are in danger of becoming rough sleepers.

"We also want to work with more people, including those with very complex issues who have been on the street for some time.

"The funding will be vital in helping us build on the work we’re already doing to prevent homelessness and enable us to work even closer with all of the agencies involved."