Consultation outcome

Homelessness Reduction Act 2017: call for evidence

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This review focused on the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.

The findings show that the service has improved for those who would previously have had limited support and households are receiving help both earlier and for longer.

The Act is still very new and bedding in. The review identified some challenges and we will continue to support local authorities to implement the Act and overcome these challenges.

Original consultation


We are seeking views on the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.

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Consultation description

The Homelessness Reduction Act is the most ambitious reform to homelessness legislation in decades. It is a key lever for reducing homelessness and helping to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and ending it altogether.

This call for evidence seeks to gather evidence on:

  • the impact the Act has had and the outcomes that are being achieved
  • how has the Act changed the approach of local housing authorities and their partners to tackling homelessness and supporting those in need
  • the experience of people approaching their local housing authority for help
  • how the implementation of the Act has been resourced, including the level of new burdens funding to assist this
  • what elements of the Act and processes are working well, and which might need adjustment


Homelessness Reduction Act 2017: call for evidence

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Published 23 July 2019
Last updated 25 September 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added government response to the call for evidence and the independent evaluation of the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act.

  2. First published.