Homeless given 'meaningless advice' by councils

There is evidence that the homeless are being given meaningless advice, and are being treated in a 'dismissive' and 'at times discriminatory' way. That's not good enough.


By: Chris Haycock, on 18 August 2016


A report by the Communities and Local Government Select Committee has found that homeless people are too often 'badly treated' by local councils in England, and have stated that they should have 'a legal duty to give meaningful support'.

In a news article published by the BBC, the committee found that homeless people are often given meaningless and ineffectual advice by councils, and that a new plan is needed to tackle the problem of homelessness.

We hope that the proposed Homelessness Reduction Bill that was proposed by Bob Blackman MP in June this year is supported - and implemented - quickly. In the bill, the Housing Act 1996 would be amended that would make provision about measures to reduce homelessness. The next reading in Parliament is expected to be Friday 28th October 2016.

Hopefully, the report will impose tough conditions on local councils to force them to offer emergency accommodation.

As it stands, single homeless (and couples without children) are not obliged by law to be given emergency accommodation, which is completely unacceptable, considering our standing in the world economy.

I feel that the problem is consistently being brushed underneath the carpet. Both local councils and central government need to have their heads banged together.

People are dying on our streets because they are homeless. It's just not acceptable.


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