Although councils are shunting more and more homeless families miles away from home, the reason is a lack of affordable properties nearby
Despite eager anticipation, a commitment to change the law on homelessness failed to materialise in the Queen’s speech last week. This is perhaps surprising, given the chancellor George Osborne’s recent and unexpected recognition that homelessness was “unacceptable”. Even the Treasury, it seems, had sensed that Something Must Be Done.
Ministers, however, do not appear to be entirely in agreement on what that something is. It is, of course, always wise not to rush into legislation. The government’s recent history of botched policy – from the much-amended fiasco that is the housing bill, to forced school academisation – are cases in point.
In huge areas of the country, paying the rent and maintaining a tenancy will become harder for many families