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Homelessness reduction bill receives Royal Assent.

New duties on local authorities to prevent homelessness likely to commence in 2018.

Today the Homelessness Reduction Bill formally became an Act of Parliament.

The Act places a new duty on local authorities to help prevent the homelessness of all families and single people, regardless of priority need, who are eligible for assistance and threatened with homelessness.

28th April 2017

Key measures of the act:

Funding and review

English councils will receive a total of £61 million in funding across 2017/18 and 2018/19 to help them meet the costs of the legislation. Additional money may be made available for those in high pressure areas to manage the transition as the new duties take effect.

There will be a review of the implementation of the Act, including the resourcing of it and how it is working in practice, after two years.

Further information.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has produced 13 fact sheets on measures within the Homeless Reduction Act. These can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/homelessness-reduction-bill-policy-factsheets