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Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy Consultation

PROPOSED HOMELESSNESS & ROUGH SLEEPING STRATEGY - CONSULTATION

The Consultation period has now closed. The Council has reviewed all of the responses and produced a summary response to the consultation. This can be found below along with the final proposed Homelessness Strategy. The Consultation responses will be reviewed and the proposed Strategy put forward for approval at the Council's Cabinet meeting on 3rd April 2019.

adobe icon Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy Consultation Summary [296kb]

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.

 

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]

 

Updated: 20 Mar 2019
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