A consultation published last week is seeking views on how local accountability of homelessness services could be improved across England.

It includes questions on the current structures in place to promote accountability and partnership working in homelessness services such as data-gathering.

The consultation document suggests that homelessness reduction boards “could play an important role in convening relevant local delivery partners, ensuring a strategic, joined-up approach to reducing homelessness in the area, and identifying and delivering the services and interventions that deliver their agreed objectives and outcomes”.

In his foreword to the document, housing secretary James Brokenshire said: “This consultation looks at the landscape of local delivery of homelessness – a complicated mosaic of agencies and bodies with different priorities and varying levels of accountability.

“A complicated landscape, yes, but one that is absolutely critical to our efforts to tackle homelessness.

“This consultation poses some fundamental questions around where our collaborations are working, what more we can do, what is stopping us from doing it, how we can make better use of data and how we can improve accountability.”

The consultation will run until 16 May.

Source: Inside Housing