Crisis response to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee inquiry into homelessness

Document type
Policy briefing
Corporate author(s)
Date of publication
1 February 2016
Housing and Homelessness, Legislation
Social welfare
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This document focuses on prevention and early intervention by reforming the homelessness legislation to introduce a duty for local authorities to prevent homelessness for anyone who is in need. Its recommendations include:

  • Reforming the way that homelessness and rough sleeping statistics are collected;
  • Prioritizing the supply of genuinely affordable homes to rent for people on low incomes, including those who have been homeless, tackling  problems with access, security and conditions in the private rented sector;
  •  Ensuring that housing benefit meets the real cost of renting in the private rented sector, especially for younger adults who are at  greater risk of homelessness, and
  •  Improving government-commissioned employment support to offer homeless people tailored help, enabling them  to overcome their barriers to working;.

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