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In November 2018 the Local Government Association (LGA) conducted a survey of councils on their experience of the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) since its implementation. The LGA wanted to understand how well the Act is working on the ground, the areas where councils might be experiencing issues related to its implementation, and the extent of any funding gaps.
Almost all (83 per cent) of the councils which responded to the survey have seen an increase in homelessness presentations since the Act came into force. For 30 per cent of respondents, this increase was significant.
Over three quarters (78 per cent) of the councils where presentations have increased feel this is directly attributable to the introduction of the Act.