The LGiU Local Government Homelessness Commission was set up to investigate how councils can fulfil their obligation to prevent homelessness. This includes the duties under the HRA, but is actually much wider. This report is the first assessment of the state of homelessness prevention from the perspective of local government, those who are tasked with actually implementing the policy and supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
The Commission was led by local government. Cllr Peter Fleming, leader of Sevenoaks District Council, and Cllr Simon Blackburn, leader of Blackpool Council, both LGiU members, were co-chairs and were joined by a panel of local government experts.
In a series of four evidence sessions held between October 2018 and March 2019 the Commission’s investigation focussed on how councils use data as a homelessness prevention tool, strategies for supporting young people and other vulnerable groups, accessing sustainable accommodation, and finance and funding. We had evidence presented from Bristol City Council, London Borough of Hackney, London Borough of Croydon, Centrepoint, Social Finance, London Borough of Southwark, Liverpool City Region, CAPITAL Letters, Gloucester City Council, Dublin City Council and Crisis. Those evidence sessions form the basis of the arguments and recommendations presented in this report.