Welcome to the Hugo’s Earthquake Campaign’s special page on the Homelessness Reduction Act which turned law in the UK at 00:01 on Tuesday 3rd April 2018! You can find all the facts about this new law below.
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Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 fact-check:

As of 3rd April 2018, the Homelessness Reduction Act is law after having received Royal Assent on 27th April 2017.

It started out as a Private Members Bill introduced by Bob Blackman MP, back in June 2016, before being published after the Select Committee for Communities and Local Government had a homelessness inquiry.

One of the main impacts that this Bill will have is changing the time in which Local Authorities (LA’s) need to act upon being contacted by persons about to become homeless.

As under prior legislation LA’s assessed someone as being at risk of homelessness if they were to become homeless within 28 days, that has now been expanded to 56 days.

How the assessments and subsequent help has also been changed in that formerly those who were assessed as a ‘priority’ were deemed to be owed ‘full housing duty’.

It is now the case that LA’s must offer more meaningful assistance to anyone whom is judged to be under threat of homeless or currently homeless, irregardless of priority.

The Act also expands the obligation of councils in the supplying of information, now they will obliged to secure free services to inform on preventing homelessness, securing accommodation, rights of those homeless or threatened with homelessness and what help is available to those whom are homeless or likely to become homeless and how to access that help.

LA’s will now have to make a full assessment of the applicant’s circumstances and the circumstances that led them to become homeless. And once done create a personalised plan on how to secure them accommodation. This process will be under ongoing review.

More information about the Act and its effects can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/homelessness-reduction-bill-policy-factsheets

If you have questions about the Act or what it means for you or anyone potentially or currently homeless, please send us an email using the form below and we will be happy to answer you. To return to the normal Campaign front page, click here.