LGIU: Local Government Homelessness Commission

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Walker, Andrew
Local Government Information Unit
Date of publication
6 July 2018
Social Policy, Housing and Homelessness, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Children and Young People
Social welfare
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The homelessness crisis in the UK is large and growing rapidly.

The Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) has been in force since April, part of the Government’s stated aim to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and eliminate it by 2027, as well as reducing the financial burden of temporary accommodation. Under the Act, councils now have expanded duties to implement housing plans for anyone at risk of becoming homeless within 56 days.

It is for this reason that LGiU has launched its Homelessness Commission, led by LGiU’s local government members. Through a series of investigations into how councils can prevent homelessness, the Commission will provide practical solutions for making good on the goals of the HRA, as well as a robust set of challenges and demands for central government to provide the right resources, powers and tools for councils to tackle this task.

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