Latest Public Sector News

26.08.16

MPs to examine Homelessness Reduction Bill

A Bill intended to tackle rising levels of homelessness which was proposed by a Communities and Local Government Committee (CLG) member is to be examined by the committee.

The CLG Committee published a major report into local authorities’ response to homelessness last week, which concluded that there is an “unacceptable” level of variation between councils’ responses to homelessness, with homeless people discouraged from applying for help in some cases.

The report found that the problem is so severe that the committee took the unusual step of sponsoring the Homelessness Reduction Bill, a Private Members’ Bill by one of its own members.

Clive Betts MP, chair of the committee, said: “Our inquiry found evidence of some very worrying trends and clear evidence that homelessness is increasing. Of particular concern is the wide variation in the level of service and support offered by councils, especially to those people who are not judged as being in priority need.

“As a committee, we want to use this opportunity to make sure that the Private Members' Bill from one of our members helps to address the problems we identified in our report.”

The CLG Committee said it will carry out an inquiry looking for evidence on the following areas:

  • The Bill's anticipated impact on overall levels of homelessness
  • The provisions for homeless people who are not judged to be in priority need
  • The benefits of prevention activity as a statutory duty
  • The resource implications for local authorities and options for addressing this
  • The potential for increased preventative practice and innovation amongst other public agencies
  • Other measures that should be included in the Bill

Figures from the DCLG show that rough sleeping in England has increased by 30% in a single year.

The Homelessness Reduction Bill was introduced by Bob Blackman, the Conservative MP for Harrow East. It includes measures to intervene earlier to prevent homelessness, provide a robust package of support and assistance to single homeless people and enforce homelessness legislation effectively.

It received its first reading on 29 June and will next be debated by MPs on 28 October.

(Image c. Trowbridge Estate)

Have you got a story to tell? Would you like to become a PSE columnist? If so, click here.

 

 

 

 

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

related

public sector executive tv

more videos >

last word

The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everything must be out in the open more > more last word articles >

public sector focus

View all News

comment

Helping reduce energy costs

16/08/2017Helping reduce energy costs

Joseph Ernst-Herman, director of utilities and fuels at the Crown Commercia... more >
Leading in the challenging times ahead

16/08/2017Leading in the challenging times ahead

Following the Brexit vote, Cllr Philip Atkins OBE, County Councils Network ... more >

interviews

‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

30/06/2017‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

Keith Smith, public sector business development manager at Virgin Media Bus... more >

most read

the raven's daily blog

Delivering social value in public sector procurement

07/08/2017Delivering social value in public sector procurement

Theresa Grant, CEO of Trafford Council, explains how local authorities in the Greater Manchester area are making every penny of public spend provide that little bit more value f... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

editor's comment

14/08/2017Time for reflection

A lot has happened since the last edition of PSE was published. In particular, the snap general election delivered an astounding result that many of the pollsters and political experts could not have predicted when Theresa May initially called for it back in April. Chris Painter, Professor Emeritus at Birmingham City University, provides a fascinating analysis of the campaign, and assesses the aftermath of the election on pages 26-28. It is a must-read article.  During the... read more >