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Welfare Reform on the Web (March 2006): Homelessness - UK

Committee of Public Accounts

London: TSO, 2005 (House of Commons papers, session 2005/06; HC 653)

The Homelessness Act 2002 extended the duty local authorities have to give assistance and advice to those seeking a home as well as extending the categories of vulnerable people the local authority must house. A separate Homelessness Directorate within the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister was established in 2002 to provide a new focus across government for policy development and coordination of action on homelessness issues. The report reviews progress to date, concentrating on the levels and causes of homelessness, progress in alleviating the consequences of homelessness and the development of a more effective range of services to prevent homelessness in the first place. The report contains formal minutes and oral and written evidence.

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