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Bill gives councils legal duty to stop homelessness

 
April 28th 2017
 

Councils across England and Wales will have a legal duty to help homeless people find accommodation, according to a new bill.

The Homelessness Reduction Bill, proposed by Bob Blackman MP, became an Act of Parliament after it was granted Royal Assent on Thursday.

The Act will mean local authorities have a legal duty to give people meaningful support to resolve their homelessness. It will also introduce measures to prevent people becoming homeless in the first place.

The news was welcomed by a coalition of charities including Centrepoint, Crisis, Homeless Link, Shelter and St Mungo’s. The campaigning groups are calling on all political parties to pledge to stop the scandal of rough sleeping in their General Election manifestos.

Rough sleeping in England has risen by 16 percent in the last year and has more than doubled in the last five.

Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis said: “For 40 years we’ve had a system that fails too many homeless people by turning them away from help when they need it most. We’d like to thank the peers and MPs from across the political spectrum who came together to back this bill, as well as Government ministers for their leadership.”

But he stressed the act was not a “cure-all” and called for action from all political parties to address the rise in rough sleeping.

“The success of the Homelessness Reduction Act shows what can be achieved when the political will exists to tackle the root causes of homelessness,” he added. “Whoever wins the general election must make ending rough sleeping a top priority once they are elected.”

Claire McMenemy, a St Mungo's client who slept rough for several decades, said ending rough sleeping should be a top priority.

“I slept rough for over thirty years after running away from home and I know the dangers that people face and how you can get stuck on the streets,” she said.

“My mental health suffered a lot and I believe more needs to be done to help people like me who end up sleeping rough. For a long time I felt very alone and since having some proper therapy I am in my own flat thanks to St Mungo’s.”

 
 
 

 

Contents

New arrivals hit the streets

Soup Run Forum

Web only: Emergency Islington shelter remains open during sub-zero temperatures

Chairman of the board

Rest in peace - in memory of lost friends

Prince poses

Starter pack boost

Wearing a jacket to beg?

Teens found guilty of killing Ralph Millward

The Passage withdraws service "as a last resort"

New learning centre for Glasgow

iHobo game causes controversy

Auckland extends ban on rough sleepers

Homeless interrogation

Affordable housing development opens in Edinburgh

Who decides?

Credit unions

New counts are optional

Nobby on stage

I will never forget you, my people

London homeless services in limbo over ?Ǭ£3.28m cuts

Disused night shelter re-opened for winter months

Coventry Cyrenians forced to cut services

London hub success for new rough sleepers

Crisis Skylight in Birmingham - a year on

Residents look ahead to staff upheaval

Midland Heart report

Labour call for hefty council tax levy on empty homes

Stik pic for the American Church

Lottery grant means new opportunities

Mungo?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s launches women?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s campaign

Homeless people forced into slavery

Homeless couple marry in Australia

Number of homeless in Southend underestimated

Basic banking for all

NSNO expands into west London

Scottish homeless applications drop by 19 per cent

Miami cannibal

Invisible People film UK homeless

The demilitarised zone in North America’s drug war

2012 - the year of the right to permanent accommodation in Scotland?

Crisis at Christmas

The Pavement is recruiting

Rough sleeper donates $250 to charity

Food voucher scheme scrapped

Commemorating friends and companions

Human rights for all

First person: Gemskii on regaining control of her life

The shades come off

Upfront: spikes

Comment: Spikes are the least of your worries

Opinion: All up in smoke?

Heartbreak Hotel, episode 4.

The Pied Piper of Housing

March for the Homeless

Being homeless doesn't mean you can't vote on May 7

The vulnerability ruling

The Queen’s speech

Criminalising homelessness

116-bed hostel for young homeless to close in Southwark

Sponsor a bed and rebuild a life

Hipsters neutralise anti-homeless spikes

What the Brexit will happen now?

Anti-homelessness protesters threatened with eviction, jail by Manchester city council

Showing our impact

Rebirth

The birth of the North Gower Action Group

A pianist, an artist, a dog called George and a new homeless app

Living water

Midwinter blues?

Councils back change in law to tackle rising homelessness

Having problems with your JSA?

Mayoral hustings on homelessness

Skippering

A major step in reducing homelessness?

Liverpool Police homeless curb beggars belief

Charity begins at home?

Legal aid charade

Surviving the streets – by those who've done it

Stop the scandal

Glasgow homeless services at risk

Bill gives councils legal duty to stop homelessness

Homeless Grenfell survivors afraid of deportation

Remembering those who have died in the past year

 

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