London-based think tank Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) has launched a year-long initiative to investigate how councils can help prevent homelessness. The Local Government Homelessness Commission (LGHC) will be co-chaired by the leaders of Sevenoaks and Blackburn councils, respectively, and will support the goals of the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA), which set out the ambition to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and eliminate it by 2027. The HRA has been in force since April and gives councils expanded duties to implement housing plans for anyone at risk of becoming homeless within 56 days. Government statistics released earlier this year showed that 4,751 people slept rough in 2017, an increase of 15% from the previous year. The Commission’s work will focus on temporary accommodation, data, supporting vulnerable groups and finance and a full report on the Commission’s work will be launched in early 2019. Cllr Peter Fleming, Leader of Sevenoaks District Council … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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