The government is consulting on draft guidance to councils on implementing the
Homelessness Reduction Act and announced and extra £14.7million to
aid implementation of the Act.
The Act comes into force in April 2018 and requires councils to
provide assistance and support to anyone at risk of becoming
Of the new funding, £11.7m will be added to the amount available
for local authorities facing new burdens under the Act, bringing
the total allocated by government up to £72.7m over two years. The
remaining £3m will support local authorities in upgrading their
data systems to take into account the new requirements. This
additional funding will be shared among local authorities over 2
years to meet the requirements of the Act. Find out how much of this new money your local
authority has been allocated.
The proposed guidance is subject to an eight-week consultation
period and councils are encouraged to give their views on the best
ways to make information about homelessness available to all, to
tailor advice to fit the needs of vulnerable groups, to work
together with homeless people, to provide help to those who might
be considered 'intentionally homeless' and to secure accommodation
for people who are homeless.
The guidance includes advice to councils on how to form a new
homelessness strategy as required under the act. It advises local
authorities to collaborate across boundaries and, on occasion,
produce sub-regional homelessness strategies. It also covers issues
relating to homeless survivors of domestic abuse, how to determine
which homeless people are in 'priority need' and how to deal with
people leaving care facilities.
The 8-week consultation closes on 11 December 2017.
The government is also continuing to fund free training for
local authority staff on the Homelessness Reduction Act up until
April 2018 through the National Housing Advisory Service - a
partnership between Shelter and Citizens Advice.