William Eichler 20 June 2019

Whitehall blasted for trying to solve homelessness ‘on a shoestring’

Whitehall blasted for trying to solve homelessness ‘on a shoestring’ image

The first assessment of the state of homelessness prevention that has been made from the perspective of local government has criticised Whitehall for trying to solve the homelessness crisis ‘on a shoestring’.

The Local Government Homelessness Commission (LGHC), a year-long initiative set up to investigate how councils can fulfil their obligation to prevent homelessness, welcomed Whitehall’s introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Act in 2017.

However, the commission’s report, which has been published by the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), warned that without ‘significant strategic funding’, the systems in place under the Homelessness Reduction Act may result in an improved assessment process, but will not achieve its ultimate objectives.

The report said that current funding for the prevention of homelessness is spent ‘unproductively and inefficiently’.

It also warned that a ‘dysfunctional’ housing market, an ‘inadequate and badly administered’ welfare regime exemplified by Universal Credit and the Local Housing Allowance, and rising levels of poverty are all factors that exacerbate homelessness.

‘Local authorities are tackling an ever growing homelessness crisis in our communities on a shoestring, with less and less money to do so,’ said Jonathan Carr-West, chief executive of LGiU.

‘The Government can no longer expect local government to pick up the pieces.’

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Education, Health and Care (EHC) Co-ordinators

Buckinghamshire Council
£30,874 - £37,188 per annum
Interested in a career as an EHC Coordinator? Come along to our drop-in event to meet members of the SEND team and find out more about the role! England, Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury
Recuriter: Buckinghamshire Council

ASC Occupational Therapist - Early Intervention Team

Essex County Council
£30300 - £41425 per annum
Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a England, Essex, Clacton-On-Sea
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Supervising Social Worker - Fostering Team

Essex County Council
£30300 - £41425 per annum + Excellent Benefits Package
What you'll need to join our Fostering team
Recuriter: Essex County Council

ASC Senior Social Worker/Occupational Therapist

Essex County Council
£38400 - £46475 per annum
ECC is transforming to be far more proactive and our new model centres on a transformational shift from focussing on long term care and support to ear England, Essex, Colchester
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Ecological Consultant

Essex County Council
£22000 - £25000 per annum
Closing date
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

This issue of Local Government News explores how councils can tackle modern slavery and trafficking in their supply chains, finds out more about Cambridge's first cohousing scheme and the launch of a new project to build a shared service pattern library for local government.

This issue also contains a special focus on children's services and how councils are protecting children following local safeguarding children boards being abolished.

Register for your free magazine