Councils given greater responsibility under new homelessness bill

    Local authorities will have to make greater provision for
    homeless families with children under the new Homelessness

    Councils will also be expected to be more flexible in helping
    homeless people with no children.

    People who flee their home because of violence will not be
    required to return to their home area for housing.

    The bill picks up the proposals contained in the Homes Bill,
    which was lost when the general election was called.

    New housing minister Lord Falconer said: “This bill would make
    it easier for progressive housing authorities to move away from the
    old concept of allocated housing according to complicated points
    systems, and instead allow applicants more opportunity to express
    views and preferences about where they want to live.”

    • The government also announced a new programme of council home
      transfers involving 328,000 properties in the next two years.
      Housing associations will become the new landlord for the homes
      transferred from 27 local authorities.




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