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HOMELESS MAY LOSE AUTOMATIC RIGHT TO COUNCIL HOUSING

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The government will next month announce proposals to abolish the automatic right of the homeless to council housing...
The government will next month announce proposals to abolish the automatic right of the homeless to council housing, the Sunday Telegraph reports.

The radical shake-up of housing law will be further detailed in a White Paper due to be published soon after Easter. The rethink is attributed to government concern that homeless people are able to take shore cuts into permanent housing.

In future, homeless people including single mothers are expected to be pushed into short term private accommodation.

The changes would require primary legislation, the paper reports. Environment Secretary John Gummer is pushing for a new housing bill to be given priority in the next parliamentary session.
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