Friday, 28 October 2016

New Homelessness Reduction Bill Published

A duty on councils to temporarily house homeless people who are not in priority need has been stripped out from a new bill that aims to reduce homelessness. A new version of the Homelessness Reduction Bill was published, following negotiations with interest groups including the Local Government Association (LGA). The bill would place duties on councils to take actions to prevent homelessness. The original bill included a new duty on councils to provide emergency temporary accommodation for 56 days to people with a local connection but who are not in priority need and who have nowhere safe to stay. Councils have said that such a duty would place too much pressure on local authorities. Read the Bill on the Parliament website.

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