This briefing paper explains measures taken by the Government during the coronavirus outbreak to assist households to retain their homes and enable local authorities to tackle the specific challenges faced by rough sleepers. The paper covers lifting of the ban on evictions from 20 September In England and Wales and the introduction of extended notice periods. The paper is being updated regularly to take account of new developments.
Library briefing papers
There are several Library briefing papers on the subject of homelessness:
Statutory Homelessness in England October 2016
Households in temporary accommodation (England) October 2016
Homelessness in England: Social Indicators page October 2016
Rough sleeping (England) July 2016
Homelessness Reduction Bill 2016-17 October 2016
Rough sleepers: access to services and support (England) November 2016
Rough sleepers and anti-social behaviour December 2016
Recent media comment and reports
England’s 50 worst homeless hotspots, Independent, 1 December 2016
255,000 homeless in England, says Shelter, Inside Housing, 1 December 2016
Shelter at 50, December 2016
Mayor launches rough sleeping taskforce, London Assembly, 6 October 2016
Councils spent £3.5bn on temporary housing in last five years, BBC, 17 November 2016
One in three councils took children into care due to homelessness in 2014/15, Insude Housing, 18 November 2016
The Prevalence of Rough Sleeping and Sofa Surfing Amongst Young People in the UK, CCHR, October 2016
Housing market: Data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house-building.
This Commons Library paper discusses the reforms to taxation of sales of residential property that have been made in recent years, before looking at earlier debates about the way house sales have been taxed.