Plans to deal with homelessness | House of Lords

Faced with increasing demand, reducing budgets, falling social housing and wide-ranging welfare reforms, it is clear that councils cannot tackle this challenge alone.


Key messages

It is a tragedy when a person becomes homeless. Councils want to end homelessness and work hard to support those who become homeless to get into accommodation and, where they can, to prevent it happening in the first place. This includes helping people develop the skills needed to find work, improve their health and wellbeing or gain access to family or relationship support.

There are a number of structural factors that make homelessness more likely, including the rise in the number of people struggling as rents increase at a faster rate than incomes. Faced with increasing demand, reducing budgets, falling social housing and wide-ranging welfare reforms, it is clear that councils cannot tackle this challenge alone.

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