A bill requiring earlier intervention by councils to prevent homelessness was passed by Parliament in late March. The legislation, which started as a private member’s bill introduced by Harrow East MP Bob Blackman was backed by the Government and both Houses of Parliament.
The Homelessness Reduction Bill will oblige councils in England and Wales to start assessing someone at risk of being made homeless 56 days before losing their home, rather than the current 28 days. The Government has committed £61m to help councils fund interventions.
Borderline Chief Executive Shona Fleming said: “The Homelessness Reduction Bill is a step in the right direction but much more needs to done to help councils fulfil these new obligations. The reduction of homelessness is only possible with the right resources, and that means looking at the reasons for homelessness, one of which is the very obvious lack of suitable and affordable housing in London.”
The number of people sleeping on the streets increased from 3,569 in 2015 to 4,134 in 2016, up 16%.