Homelessness Reduction Act 2017: call for evidence

Thursday, 1 August 2019 - 2:56pm

On 23 July 2019, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published their call for evidence on the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 and they are seeking views on the implementation of this important legislation. 

The Act introduced new prevention and relief duties, each of which last for 56 days, meaning local housing authorities must now take reasonable steps to try to prevent and/or relieve people of their homelessness if they are eligible. The local housing authority should work with the applicant to develop a personalised housing plan, that will identify the reasonable steps that the individual and the local housing authority will take to ensure the applicant has and is able to retain or obtain suitable accommodation. Any accommodation that they secure at prevention or relief stage must be available to the individual for a period of at least six months. The Act also introduced a new duty on certain named public authorities, e.g. prisons, probation, Jobcentre Plus, social service authorities, hospitals including emergency departments, to refer users of their service, who they have reason to believe are homeless or threatened with homelessness, to a local housing authority of the service user's choice.

The call for evidence seeks to gather evidence on:

  • the impact the Act has had and the outcomes that are being achieved
  • how has the Act changed the approach of local housing authorities and their partners to tackling homelessness and supporting those in need
  • the experience of people approaching their local housing authority for help
  • how the implementation of the Act has been resourced, including the level of new burdens funding to assist this
  • what elements of the Act and processes are working well, and which might need adjustment.

There are more specific and detailed questions within the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017: call for evidence document here.

This is a chance for you to have your views heard on how the Act is working in your local area. Homeless Link would like to encourage as many organisations as possible to respond to this consultation.

At Homeless Link we will be drafting our own submission; to inform our response we would be grateful if you would be willing to share your own submission and/or to feed in the key issues, opportunities and challenges of the HRA in your local area, including what is working well and what is working less well.

The deadline for the consultation is 15 October 2019. If you would like to inform the Homeless Link submission, we would be grateful if you can share your views with us by 30 September 2019.  Please send your contributions to Caroline Bernard, Head of Policy & Communications at: caroline.bernard@homelesslink.org.uk

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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Jacqui McCluskey

Jacqui McCluskey

Director of policy and communications

Jacqui leads the externally focused policy and communications functions of Homeless Link, as well as line managing the policy director of the MEAM (Making Every Adult Matter) Coalition with Clinks, DrugScope and Mind.

Telephone: 020 7840 4429
Email: jacqui.mccluskey@homelesslink.org.uk
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