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Tamworth Borough Council's homelessness service is changing

Mon 18 Dec 2017

In April 2017 the Homeless Reduction Bill became an Act of Parliament, signalling the most significant change to homelessness law for a number of years.  The new legislation places a duty on councils to help prevent the homelessness of all families and single people regardless of priority need, but who are eligible and threatened with homelessness

Key measures in the Act include

An extension of the period in which the authority should treat someone as threatened with homelessness from 28 to 56 days

A new duty to prevent homelessness and a new duty to relieve homelessness

A requirement for public services to notify the council if they come into contact with someone who may be homeless or threatened with homelessness

It also places a duty on the applicant to co-operate with the authority in resolving their housing issue

There is also a requirement for councils to ensure the provision of free information and advice on preventing and relieving homelessness to all persons. These services must be designed with specific vulnerable groups in mind, including prisoners on release, victims of domestic abuse, and persons suffering from mental ill health.

The act is to be implemented in April 2018 and the council is already planning for the changes ahead including how the authority will tell people and other organisations it works with about the changes, training of officers and looking at the authority’s website to ensure the information on it is up to date. 

If you are threatened with homelessness or are homeless, or would like to find out more about the Homeless Reduction Act then you can contact the Tamworth Borough Councils Housing Solutions Service on 01827 709709.