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14 Mar 2016

Homelessness crisis: ministers consider ‘prevention duty’ for councils

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Ministers are considering changes to the law in an attempt to support the growing number of people on the brink of homelessness, including tens of thousands of “sofa surfers” currently denied official help to keep them off the streets.

Options include introducing a new duty of prevention in England, which would force councils to provide advice and support for anyone at risk of homelessness, regardless of whether they are deemed to be in priority need under existing laws.

The mooted “no one turned away” duty would give all residents who are homeless or at imminent risk of losing their home the right to practical help to prevent them losing a tenancy or secure new accommodation.

Read the full story on the Guardian website

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