Legal Ombudsman boosts support for city’s homeless

Legal Ombudsman boosts support for city’s homeless

Staff at the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) have raised nearly £3,000 to support homeless people in Birmingham as figures showed numbers of rough sleepers had increased.

The independent organisation that investigates legal complaints for the public in England and Wales picked Birmingham’s Sifa Fireside as its charity of the year, raising cash through events including a spelling bee competition, Blockbusters challenge and bake sales.

More than 200 staff who work at The Legal Ombudsman, based in Birmingham city centre, also got involved by donating clothes and volunteering with the charity that helps vulnerable and homeless people over the past year.

Digbeth-based Sifa Fireside said the money would be put to good use as figures released by the Department for Communities and Local Government showed numbers of rough sleepers in Birmingham had increased by 53 per cent last year alone.