Homelessness

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on homelessness. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
01.11.2016Applying as homeless from an assured shorthold tenancy (England)
This short Commons Library briefing paper considers the practice of English local authorities requiring assured shorthold tenants, who have been served with a notice of the landlord's intention to seek possession under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, to remain in situ until a court order/bailiff's warrant has been obtained before accepting a statutory duty under the homelessness provisions of Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended).
28.10.2016Comparison of homelessness duties in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Comparison of the legal duties to tackle homelessness and assist people presenting as homeless in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland. In this devolved policy area, increasingly divergent approaches are emerging from the four nations.
24.10.2016Homelessness Reduction Bill 2016-17
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides information on the Homelessness Reduction Bill which is scheduled to receive its Second Reading on 28 October 2016. The Bill was introduced by Bob Blackman MP and is aimed at refocusing local authority efforts on the prevention of homelessness. The Bill has attracted Government support.
10.10.2016Homelessness in England: Social Indicators page
Around 15,170 households in England were accepted as homeless in Q2 2016, an increase of approximately 9% on the figure for Q2 2015.
06.10.2016Households in temporary accommodation (England)
This House of Commons Briefing Paper provides background information on the increase in the number of homeless households placed in temporary accommodation by English local authorities and outlines various initiatives and issues associated with the increased use of temporary accommodation.
05.10.2016Statutory Homelessness in England
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides statistics on statutory homelessness in England and explains local authorities' duties to assist homeless households. The paper includes an overview of, and comment on, Government policy in this area.
07.09.2016Rough sleepers: access to services and support (England)
Rough sleepers are one of the most vulnerable groups in society, many with high levels of complex and interrelated needs. This paper provides an overview of the support and services - including accommodation, health, welfare, training, employment and voter registration - that are available for rough sleepers, and the challenges rough sleepers can face in accessing them.
28.07.2016Housing options for serving and ex-military personnel
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper outlines the housing options open to serving and ex-military personnel, it does not cover service accommodation provided by the Ministry of Defence.
13.07.2016Sources of Statistics: Housing
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on housing.
11.07.2016Rough sleeping (England)
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides background information on the problem of rough sleeping and outlines Government policy on this issue.

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
12.05.2016Queen's Speech 2016 Day 4: Economic Affairs, Energy, Environment, Local Government and Transport
The House of Lords is due to debate the Queen's Speech over four days between 19 and 25 May 2016. This briefing is one of four prepared by the House of Lords Library to cover the themes of each day of debate.
03.11.2014Women Facing Homelessness, Domestic Violence and Social Exclusion
On 6 November 2014, the House of Lords is scheduled to debate the following motion: 'that this House takes note of women facing homelessness, domestic violence and social exclusion'.

POSTnotes

DateDescription
16.07.2012Drug Resistant Tuberculosis
This note examines the extent of, and risks posed by, drug-resistant TB.

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
13.12.2011CRISIS AT CHRISTMAS
That this House pays tribute to 40 years of Crisis at Christmas, which has provided support, companionship and vital services to homeless people at Christmas time since 1972; gives ...
20.07.2011HOMELESSNESS AND SQUATTING
That this House notes research by Crisis showing that 39 per cent. of single homeless people have squatted; acknowledges that conditions in squats are often horrendous; further notes ...
04.07.2011BETHANY CHRISTIAN TRUST AND EFFECTIVENESS AWARD
That this House congratulates Bethany Christian Trust, a homeless charity based in Edinburgh that engages volunteers to help people successfully make the transition from homelessness ...
29.03.2011TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIG ISSUE
That this House recognises that 2011 marks the twentieth anniversary of the first edition of The Big Issue; celebrates the fact that The Big Issue is the country's best known and most ...
18.10.2010LOCAL HOUSING ALLOWANCE RECALCULATION
That this House opposes the proposals to calculate local housing allowance using the 30th percentile of market rents instead of the 50th percentile; recognises that this will cause ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses