MPs slam councils over lack of help

    Statutory definitions of homelessness are being inconsistently and
    carelessly applied, with councils appearing to be looking for
    reasons to refuse help, MPs warned last week.

    It is “extraordinary” that councils interpret homelessness so
    differently, says a report by the Office of the Deputy Prime
    Minister select committee.

    “There are suspicions that ‘gate-keeping’ is getting tougher to
    keep the number of acceptances down because authorities cannot cope
    with demand,” it says.

    The report also urges clearer guidance on social services taking
    into care the children of intentionally homeless families and the
    definition of vulnerable persons in relation to homelessness.

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