It was recently announced that the Homelessness Reduction Act is to be enacted in April 2018.

The Act, which seeks to modify and extend existing homelessness law, arrives at a time when there has been a 16% rise in the number of rough sleepers in the country.

From spring next year, the Act promises to improve the advice and information available regarding homelessness and its prevention.

This is particularly important because many of those affected by homelessness do not realise the wealth of advice available to them. Meanwhile, those who have luckily never been threatened by homelessness do not fully understand the situation.

It will also encourage public bodies to work together to prevent and relieve homelessness through a duty to refer. On top of this, the period of “threatened with homelessness” is to be extended from 28 to 56 days, an introduction of new duties will prevent and relieve the situation, and there are new assessments and personalised housing plans in the pipeline.

For us, we want to focus on how this works at a local level:

“The Homelessness Reduction Act has got to tie in with affordable housing,” explains Andrew Smith, CEO and Founder of HHCP. “With the announcement of the new budget by John McDonnell, we hope to see at least 50% of the 300,000 homes that are to be built every year in the UK as affordable and suitable for working families, as well as those on low incomes.”