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Homelessness Reduction Act
May 3rd, 2017
The Homelessness Reduction Act came into force on 27 April 2017 - as the Bill received Royal Assent and became law.
Depaul UK CEO Martin Houghton-Brown said: “We welcome the Homelessness Reduction Bill becoming law and pay tribute to the selfless work of Bob Blackman MP and several charities, especially Crisis, who ensured that homelessness is today one step closer to being eradicated from our streets.
“The Act gives local authorities the duty to try to find accommodation for many more homeless people and will help reduce the number of young people in the UK who are homeless each year, which currently stands at around 80,000.
“Now local authorities and central government will need to work with charities such as Depaul to implement it. Our Nightstop services can provide a safe place for people to stay while they deal with problems that could result in them becoming homeless. Nightstop already works with a number of councils across the UK and we look forward to working with more local authorities to help them meet their new duties.”
Depaul UK’s Policy and Public Affairs Manager Daniel Dumoulin added: “The Homelessness Reduction Act places a number of new duties on councils to prevent and relieve homelessness. It also requires public services to notify councils if they come into contact with someone who may be homeless or threatened with homelessness.
“These new duties should help stop the terrible practice of councils turning away young people at risk homelessness who ask for help. Providing more support will create costs for councils, and the new Government should stick to the commitment made by the current Government to review funding for the Act.
“The Act has cross-party support and is a significant step towards ensuring that no young person sleeps in an unsafe place - but not enough on its own. Depaul is calling on all parties to commit to the recommendations we make in our manifesto briefing.”