Evidence base for preventing homelessness and rough sleeping strategy

1. Introduction

This evidence base has been prepared by HQN for Buckinghamshire Council, following DLUHC guidance. The Council is required by law to have a homelessness strategy which should be reviewed at least every five years. As a new council, Buckinghamshire is required to adopt a new strategy by April 2022.

The evidence base sets out the current position. It begins with some basic information about Buckinghamshire and its population, and a summary of key strategies and plans that the homelessness strategy should reflect. It then looks briefly at the overall housing market, supply and affordability. The section on homelessness sets out the legislative background, the national picture, some information on the impact of the pandemic, and the latest figures for Buckinghamshire. The evidence base concludes with emerging themes and challenges which will need to be taken forward into the new strategy.