I listened to the discussion on BBC Three Counties Radio last week and was appalled at the response from Andrew Williams, Leader of Dacorum Council, when challenged about the letter giving notice to homeless people in Hemel. How cold and uncaring.
We know that Homelessness is on the rise. A recent report from the Public Accounts Committee report has found that the number of people sleeping rough has increased by 134% since 2011, with over 120,000 children now living without permanent housing.
Due to these alarming increases, the government commissioned the Homelessness Reduction Bill which received Royal Assent and therefore became an Act of Parliament in April 2017.
The Act places greater legal obligations and further duties on local councils, housing authorities, and the emergency services to report and help all eligible victims rather than just those with a 'priority need' as was done in the past.
Dacorum Council has a duty to reach out and build up a relationship with the homeless people in Hemel not to send threatening letters and hope they leave.
I would ask Andrew Williams to explain how the council are implementing the new Homelessness Reduction Bill to help the homelessness in Hemel?