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Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy Consultation

Consultation Questionnaire

PROPOSED HOMELESSNESS & ROUGH SLEEPING STRATEGY - CONSULTATION

New Forest District Council ("the Council") is proposing to adopt a new Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Strategy.

WHY IS THE COUNCIL ADOPTING A NEW HOMELESSNESS & ROUGH SLEEPING STRATEGY?

Since the Council's last homelessness strategy was written there have been considerable legislative and welfare benefit changes, plus significant increases in homelessness both nationally and locally since that time. The Council recognised that it needed to undertake a review of how it tackles homelessness issues in the district in order to focus front line services on the prevention of homeless, rather than crisis intervention, and provide wide ranging solutions, in conjunction with key partners.

The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 commenced on 3rd April 2018 and featured the most wide ranging changes to homelessness legislation since 1977. This act places new duties on councils to provide effective advisory services to prevent and relieve homelessness.

In July 2018 the government launched a new national strategy to tackle the increasing numbers of people rough sleeping. This strategy required Councils to adopt a clear focus in tackling rough sleeping to support the government end rough sleeping by 2027, including drafting strategic actions in their own homeless strategies to support the initiative locally.

The Council's homelessness service has undergone significant changes since April 2018 in response to the above. The actions contained within the strategy are a reflection on the aspirations of the Council to improve the outcomes for homeless households over the next few years.

 

CONSULTATION

The Council is inviting comments on its new strategy.

Consultation over the proposed new strategy starts on 16 January 2019 and will close on 13 February 2019.

A full copy of the Council's proposed new Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Strategy can be found here: adobe icon Draft Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy [3Mb]

 

HOW TO RESPOND TO THE CONSULTATION:

 

You may complete an online version of the consultation questionnaire here

 

You may complete a MS Word version of the consultation questionnaire here: docs icon Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Consultation Questionnaire [1Mb]

You may print a PDF version of the consultation questionnaire here: adobe icon Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Consultation Questionnaire PDF [525kb]

You may return a completed word or PDF version of the consultation questionnaire or scanned copy by emailing it to housing.options@nfdc.gov.uk

 

Paper copies of the consultation questionnaire can be returned to:

Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy Consultation

Housing Options

New Forest District Council

Appletree Court

Beaulieu Road

Lyndhurst

SO43 7PA

 

If you would like a paper questionnaire sent to you please contact 023 8028 5234 and select option 2.

Updated: 14 Jan 2019
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