Today, 27th April 2017, saw Bob Blackman MPs Homelessness Reduction Bill formally become an Act of Parliament.
The Homelessness Reduction Act – key provisions
- A change to the period at which a person is threatened with homelessness from 28 days to 56 days
- A duty on local authorities to provide free information and advice to any person in their district
- A requirement to assess and provide meaningful assistance in writing to everyone who is homeless or threatened with homelessness, irrespective or priority need
- A duty on local authorities to prevent homelessness and to take reasonable steps to help customers to ensure that accommodation does not cease to become available to them
- A duty, to help those who are already homeless, to take reasonable steps to help the customer ensure that accommodation becomes available to them for at least six months
- A duty on all public bodies to notify a local housing authority if they identify any person whom they believe is homeless or threatened with homelessness
What are we doing to support the implementation of the Act?
The National Practitioner Support Service is running a series of training courses designed to support local authorities and key partners to implement the provisions of the Homelessness Reduction Act. The training courses, which commence in May, there are currently over 70 courses taking place in England. If you have not yet booked your place or are interested in holding an in-house event, please get in touch via the contact page
National Conference 2017
Now in it’s third year, The National Practitioner Support Service Conference 2017 takes place on 4th and 5th July at The University of Warwick in Coventry. The implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act is a key focus for this year’s conference with a particular emphasis on the proposed legislative changes; developing strong relationships and increasing housing supply. 2017’s conference is an opportunity to share good practice, network with colleagues and hear from a variety of experts in the sector; including local authorities who have achieved the 10 Local Challenges. Keynote sessions, workshops and masterclasses, whilst thought provoking, are be delivered in an environment designed to support delegates to get the most from their conference experience.
Book online here: http://www.npsservice.org.uk/
The incoming Homelessness Reduction Act is set to place an increased duty on local authorities to take steps to prevent people from becoming homeless. An innovative partnership between NPSS and IT experts Housing Partners will deliver an essential tool – Housing Jigsaw – to support councils to deliver their new obligations. The partnership behind this innovative software is looking for eager councils to sign up to help shape the software and ensure it addresses challenges associated with the Homelessness Reduction Act
The pilot phase of this innovation will run from September 2017 to March 2018, local authorities can register their interest at http://info.housingpartners.co.uk/housingjigsaw or by emailing email@example.com