Councils Raise Alarm Over Lack Of Funding For Britain's 'Ambitious' New Homelessness Law

An “ambitious” new law to tackle homelessness could fail unless councils are given more money to implement it, campaigners have warned, amid criticism it doesn’t do enough to “tackle the root causes” of Britain’s rough sleeping crisis.

The Homelessness Reduction Act is meant to reverse a trend of rising rough sleeping, which has gone up by 169% since 2010, as part of the Government’s bid to eradicate it by 2027.

Dubbed “the most ambitious legal reform in decades” by the Tories, the Act came into effect on Tuesday and imposes on councils the duty to take “reasonable steps” to stop people becoming homeless and broadens the definition of those at risk of it.

However, campaigners have told HuffPost UK they fear cash-strapped councils will be unable to meet the demands of the new legislation leaving “thousands of vulnerable people without support”.


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