As the end of the eviction ban arrives we look at what councils can do to tackle homelessness and suggest three system changes needed
Policy in Practice’s new research for the Local Government Association examines the link between the Local Housing Allowance freeze and homelessness.
New funding for Housing First initiatives is welcome in the fight against homelessness. We look at how councils can also use data insights in their prevention work.
Fabiana Macor, Policy and Data Analyst at Policy in Practice, looks at the importance of costing the homelessness crisis both in London and across the UK and the role data analysis can play in homelessness prevention.
Four housing providers, Riverside, YMCA, St Mungo’s and Salvation Army, commissioned Policy in Practice to analyse how residents are impacted by Universal Credit, and identify improvements. Download Universal Credit and Supported Housing report here.
Policy in Practice’s third Leading Lights Network event was sponsored by Lord Bird, founder of the Big Issue, and held at the House of Lords. The theme was preventing vulnerability, with a particular focus on the Homelessness Reduction Act. Read this summary of what was discussed.
Policy in Practice supports Lord Bird’s Creditworthiness Assessment Bill and its potential to tackle financial vulnerability. Councils can do more to prevent homelessness using their own data and, on 17 July, our next Leading Lights Network event at the House of Lords will hear how.
The Observer highlights the broken link between housing support and rents as it covers new analysis from Policy in Practice.
New analysis on the impact of welfare reforms, including the broken link between LHA rates and rents, from Policy in Practice and Learning & Working Institute for the LGA.
Policy in Practice analysis reveals that rent in one outer London Borough is 177% of the LHA rate; the funding shortfall must be met by councils.