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One of the responsibilities of local Southfields councillor Paul Mercer (pictured with
Charnwood’s housing officers) in his capacity as lead member for housing on
Charnwood Borough Council has been to oversee the implementation of the
changes that will be required when the new Homelessness Reduction Act comes
into force on 3 April.
“The Act represents the most significant changes
to homelessness legislation in 20 years and
imposes on Charnwood several new duties which
have required staff to change their working
practices and required additional resources”,
commented Paul. “The aim of the act is to make
us more effective in tackling single homelessness
without undermining the rights that people
currently have under the existing system”.
In order to implement the Act, staff, partners and indeed Paul have undergone
training and he has had a meeting with the finance Lead Member, Tom Barkley, to
discuss the financial implications of the Act. Charnwood has also recruited two
additional Housing Options Officers and is also appointing a Social Lettings
Coordinator. It has introduced a new allocations partner and will need to work far
more closely with its partner organisations.
Charnwood’s approach towards homelessness was recently examined by its Policy
Scrutiny Group (PSG) and both Paul and one of the chief officers presented a report
and ask questions from members. The request for their appearance was made by
the other Southfields councillor, Ted Parton. “I’m pleased to say that every member
of the PSG – both Conservative and Labour – seemed more than happy with the
way in which they were diligently going about the task of ensuring that Charnwood
not only complied with the Act but also the spirit and seemed fully prepared for the
its implications”, commented Ted.
Charnwood prepares for new
homelessness act
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Charnwood prepares for new homelessness act
One of the responsibilities of local Southfields
councillor Paul Mercer (pictured with Charnwood’s
housing officers) in his capacity as lead member for
housing on Charnwood Borough Council has been to
oversee the implementation of the changes that will
be required when the new Homelessness Reduction
Act comes into force on 3 April.
“The Act represents the most significant changes to
homelessness legislation in 20 years and imposes on
Charnwood several new duties which have required
staff to change their working practices and required
additional resources”, commented Paul. “The aim of
the act is to make us more effective in tackling
single homelessness without undermining the rights
that people currently have under the existing
system”.
In order to implement the Act, staff, partners and
indeed Paul have undergone training and he has had
a meeting with the finance Lead Member, Tom
Barkley, to discuss the financial implications of the
Act. Charnwood has also recruited two additional
Housing Options Officers and is also appointing a
Social Lettings Coordinator. It has introduced a new
allocations partner and will need to work far more
closely with its partner organisations.
Charnwood’s approach towards homelessness was
recently examined by its Policy Scrutiny Group
(PSG) and both Paul and one of the chief officers
presented a report and ask questions from
members. The request for their appearance was
made by the other Southfields councillor, Ted Parton.
“I’m pleased to say that every member of the PSG –
both Conservative and Labour – seemed more than
happy with the way in which they were diligently
going about the task of ensuring that Charnwood
not only complied with the Act but also the spirit
and seemed fully prepared for the its implications”,
commented Ted.