Green Party councillor Rachel Eburne addressed Commons Select Committee

3 December 2017


Rachel Eburne, Mid Suffolk District Councillor, represented the Local Government Association (LGA) this week (Monday 27th November) giving evidence at the Communities and Local Government Select Committee at the House of Commons. The Committee was hearing from charities and local government about the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act. Coming into force in April 2018, this Act places a greater duty on local councils to prevent homelessness.

"This is a greRachel at Select Ctteat aim, welcomed by many, but the Code of Guidance will not be available until March - only a month before it comes into force - and other secondary legislation will not be in place until later in the year."

"Councils have been given some funding towards this but Government has cut council funding overall, and no-one knows how many households this new Act will apply to. A whole new way of working must be set up - new staff, new systems and new partnerships - in a short space of time."

"Ultimately the Act won't address the wider issues and causes of homelessness - the lack of social housing and the affordability of housing especially against a background of welfare reform. We need some action on this from Government."


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