Current consultations

Homeless Link responds to government consultations as one voice that reflects the views and experience of our members. Here you can find the latest information on consultations we are responding to and those of interest.

To respond to a consultation that Homeless Link is submitting please email Helen Mathie, Head of Policy.

To find out more about London specific consultations visit our London Page.

Current Consultations

Call for Evidence: Housing Benefit (Habitual Residence) Amendment Regulations 2014

The Department for Work & Pensions has announced that it is now consulting on its decision to remove access to Housing Benefit for European Economic Area (EEA) jobseekers who are entitled to income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance. This reform came into effect on 01 April 2014 and involves an amendment to Regulation 10(3B) of the Housing Benefit Regulations. The relevant statutory instrument can be found here

The call for evidence will focus on a series of questions, including:

  •  What impact will the legislation have on new EEA migrants to the UK, or for existing EEA migrants who lose their employment and who do not have the status of a retained worker?
  • What impact will the removal of Housing Benefit have on the likelihood of EEA migrants coming to the UK as jobseekers?
  •  Is there any evidence that EEA migrants experience particular difficulties in establishing whether or not they have retained worker status for benefit purposes?  If so, what are the key issues and will the position change as a consequence of this legislation?
  • Local authorities are statutorily obliged to make help available under the Children Act 1989 and the National Assistance Act 1948.  How do you think the new regulations will affect the extent to which local authorities are currently required to make such an intervention, and the associated costs of doing so?

The closing date for responses is 30 May 2014.

Recent Submissions

Homeless Link has made numerous submissions in response to government consultations, white and green papers and select committees. These submissions have been made across a variety of government departments on issues including the NHS restructure, Housing Benefit changes, Evaluating the Extent of Rough Sleeping and Drug Strategy, to name but a few. Check out our Responses and Submissions page to see an overview or to download a response.