The Homelessness Reduction Act received Royal Assent in April
2017 and in a letter to Chief Executives of Local
Authorities the Minister for Local Government, Marcus Jones,
has announced the intention to commence the Homelessness Reduction
Act in April 2018.
The Government have promised an additional £61million to local
authorities to meet the additional responsibilities and new burdens
placed on them by the Act but the formula for distribution of the
additional funding for the Act will not be announced until the
Autumn although it is promised that Government will make the first
payments to local authorities in "Winter 2017/2018"
The necessary Regulations will be laid before Parliament in the
winter and it is intended to review the Homelessness Code of
Guidance and to publish a draft in the Autumn but the final Code
will not be available until Spring 2018. No precise dates are
A series of events to help local authorities plan for
implementation of the Act are planned to be held by the
Government's Homelessness Advice & Support Team in September
and October 2017.