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
20.01.2016Housing options for serving and ex-military personnel (excluding service accommodation) (England)
an overview of the housing options available to serving and ex-military personnel in England.
07.01.2016Households 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 aimed at reducing those numbers.
07.01.2016Rough 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.
29.12.2015Statutory Homelessness in England
This briefing paper provides statistics on statutory homelessness and explains local authorities' duties to assist homeless households. The paper includes an overview of, and comment on, recent Government policy in this area.
23.11.2015Comparison 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.
12.11.2015Homelessness: Social Indicators page
Around 13,850 households in England were accepted as homeless in Q2 2015, an increase of approximately 5% on the figure for Q2 2014.
26.08.2015Housing Benefit: withdrawing entitlement from 18-21 year olds
The Government intends to withdraw Housing Benefit entitlement from some 18-21 year olds from April 2017. This briefing considers evidence on the potential impact of withdrawal and provides comment from organisations and those working with young homeless people.
28.05.2015EEA migrants: access to social housing (England)
This note gives an overview of EEA migrants' eligibility to apply for social housing in England and considers the question of whether these people have preferential access to social housing and can 'jump the housing queue.'
19.03.2015The Parties' housing policy commitments 2015
This note collates public commitments made on housing policy by the Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats, UKIP and the Green Party ahead of the publication of the parties' 2015 election manifestos.
10.03.2015Constituency casework: housing (England)
This note provides a guide to reliable sources of information (including other House of Commons Library briefings) for answering common constituents' housing problems.

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
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