In response to the report from the Children’s Commissioner on the crisis of children growing up homeless, Cllr Tom Beattie, Vice Chair of the District Councils’ Network said:
‘Councils are pivotal in the prevention of homelessness and want to ensure everyone in their communities has a secure affordable place to call home.
Housing is critical to the overall wellbeing of families and children. However over 20,000 homeless people approached district councils for help in the run up to last Christmas.
In light of today’s report, we openly call on the Government to consider the wider causes of homelessness, and to provide councils with the flexibilities we need to enable us to prevent it happening in the first place.
This means ending the freeze on Local Housing Allowance and ensuring that it cover the costs of housing, and giving councils the freedom to deliver affordable housing at scale again including by allowing them to keep 100 per cent of Right to Buy sales receipts.’
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