A group investigating the state of homelessness prevention inside local government has accused ministers of leaving councillors to tackle the crisis “on a shoestring”.
The Local Government Homelessness Commission (LGHC) was set up a year ago to examine how effectively councils were preventing homelessness.
In its report, published by the Local Government Information Unit (LHiU), it concluded that central government can no longer reasonably expect local authorities to “pick up the pieces”.
The commissioners, including co-chairs Peter Fleming of Sevenoaks Council and Simon Blackburn of Blackpool Borough Council, said the Homeless Reduction Act 2017 would not have impact beyond improving assessment processes without “significant strategic funding” for local authorities.
The report also blamed a dysfunctional housing marked, an “inadequate and badly administered” welfare system and consistently rising poverty levels for worsening homelessness.
LGiU chief executive Jonathan Carr-West said: “Local authorities are tackling an ever growing homelessness crisis in our communities on a shoestring, with less and less money to do so.
“The government can no longer expect local government to pick up the pieces.”