Decision Maker: Cabinet, Full Council
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
The report seeks approval of the new Homelessness Strategy.
The Cabinet Member for Housing presented report SHAP/76of the Head of Strategic Housing which set out the proposed draft Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2019 - 2024, which would be replacing the current Homelessness Strategy 2014 – 2019, which was set to expire at the end of the year. Members were informed that the Cross-Government Rough Sleeping Strategy published August 2018 required all local authorities to have an updated Homelessness Strategy, incorporating how they intend to tackle rough sleeping by 31 December 2019, and it was confirmed that the proposed Strategy covered this requirement.
Councillor Rana presented the Overview and Scrutiny Commission’s comments on the report to the Cabinet following consideration of the matter at its meeting on 25 November 2019. The Cabinet noted the Commission support for the report.
Councillor Lamb also spoke on the proposed Strategy as part of the Cabinet consideration.
1) That Full Council be recommended to app rove the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2019 – 2024 (Appendix A to report SHAP/76) for adoption and subsequent publication.
2) The Cabinet delegate’s authority to the Head of Strategic Housing, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Housing, to make minor amendments to the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy and Action Plan as further changes to legislation and statutory guidance are introduced and following an annual review of the Action Plan. (Generic Delegation 7 will be used to enact this recommendation). Subject, it being adopted by the Full Council
Reasons for the Recommendations
To fulfil the Council’s legal duty to publish a Homelessness Strategy on expiry of the previous Homelessness Strategy, designed to demonstrate how the authority intends to prevent and address homelessness in the future.
Report author: Nikki Hargrave
Publication date: 05/12/2019
Date of decision: 27/11/2019
Decided at meeting: 27/11/2019 - Cabinet