Earlier today, Cllr Farah Hussain, Cabinet Member for Housing and Homelessness spoke on the Homelessness Reduction Act at the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee (HCLG) in Parliament.
The Committee is made up of 11 MPs and monitors the policy, administration and spending of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and its associated arm’s-length bodies.
The Homelessness Reduction Act came into force in April 2018 and requires councils to provide homelessness assistance to any UK citizen or person with the right to reside.
Cllr Farah Hussain commented, “The Homelessness Reduction Act is in essence a positive step forward and in 2018 we welcomed the increased emphasis on prevention and early intervention.”
“However councils have been severely underfunded for a nearly decade and are struggling to meet demand for housing. The money promised by the government to implement the Act falls well short of what these new provisions are costing councils. It is essential this funding shortfall is remedied by central government. The only way we can tackle homelessness is by building more homes and we can only do that with adequate funding and support from government.”