LGA responds to the publication in Parliament of the Homelessness Reduction Bill

LGA media release 21 October 2016

In response to the publication in Parliament of the Homelessness Reduction Bill, LGA Chairman Lord Porter said:

"Councils want to end homelessness and are already doing everything they can within existing resources to prevent and tackle it.

"However, there is no silver bullet, and councils alone cannot tackle rising homelessness. The causes of homelessness are many and varied and range from financial to social.

"After having worked closely with Bob Blackman, we are confident that the new Bill, if it does go through Parliament, will be in a better place.

"However, it is clear that legislative change alone will not resolve homelessness.

"If we are all to succeed, then all new duties proposed in the Bill will need to be fully funded. Councils need powers to resume our role as a major builder of affordable homes."

21 October 2016

LGA briefing: Homelessness Reduction Bill

Matthew Cooper
Senior Media Relations Officer
Local Government Association
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