Documents to download

The Homelessness Reduction Bill is a private member’s bill introduced by Bob Blackman (Conservative MP for Harrow East). It has completed all its stages in the House of Commons and received first reading in the House of Lords on 30 January 2017. The Bill is scheduled to have its second reading on 24 February 2017. This briefing provides a short overview of the contents of the Bill, its progress through the House of Commons and external commentary.   

The Bill aims to refocus local authority efforts on the prevention of homelessness. It places duties on local housing authorities to intervene at earlier stages in order to prevent homelessness and to take reasonable steps to help those who become homeless to secure accommodation. The Bill also requires local housing authorities to provide new homelessness services to people in their area, expanding on the categories of people they are required to help find accommodation.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), local authorities accepted 14,930 households as being statutorily homeless between 1 July and 30 September 2016. This represented a fall of one percent on the previous quarter but up two percent on the same quarter of last year. The ONS also report that the total number of households in temporary accommodation as of 30 September 2016 was 74,630, representing a 55 percent increase on the low of 48,010 on 31 December 2010.

Documents to download

Related posts

  • Long-term plan for housing

    The government’s long-term plan for housing includes a range of policies it says are aimed at regeneration, inner-city densification and housing delivery across England. In December 2023, the government announced the next stage of its long-term plan, including revisions to the ‘National planning policy framework’ (NPPF). This briefing summarises government housing policies within the long-term plan and NPPF revisions, as well as recent criticism of the government’s plan from parliamentarians.

    Long-term plan for housing
  • Fire safety regulations: Reform for furniture and buildings in England

    The government has proposed changes to how fire safety standards for furniture and furnishings are regulated in England. Scientists and the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee have raised concerns that current regulations incentivise the use of flame-retardant chemicals, which have environmental and health impacts. The regulatory framework for fire safety in buildings in England has also been reformed following the Grenfell Tower fire and the Building Safety Act 2022.

    Fire safety regulations: Reform for furniture and buildings in England