Philip Dunne MP has welcomed the Homelessness Reduction Act coming into force on 3rd April, which will transform the help councils are expected to provide to homeless people.
The landmark act, which began as a Private Members Bill by Conservative MP Bob Blackman, received cross party support, and was described by Crisis as the most transformative change to homelessness legislation in England in 40 years. It provides new support to single homeless people who go to their council, who are not considered ‘priority’ cases. There is also greater emphasis on preventing people from becoming homeless in the first place, through early intervention, and a duty on wider public services to refer people at risk of homelessness.
Mr Dunne said: “This Act, passed with cross party support, will help extend help available for single homeless people and bring about greater early intervention through more referrals from public service organisations. This is a really welcome step in tackling the issue of homelessness in Shropshire and across the UK, and forms an important part of the government’s plan to halve rough sleeping by 2022, and eliminate it by 2027.”