EY respond to National Audit Office report on homelessness
Neil Sartorio, Head of Local Public Services at EY, has commented on today’s National Audit Office report on homelessness.
“Given ongoing financial pressures and constraints within the public sector, local authorities will require greater support to address key social issues such as homelessness, particularly in cities and coastal towns.
“This year-on-year increase in homelessness will continue to persist, with limited progress, unless we see a step-change in how technology and innovation is embraced, in a smarter way, across our town halls.
“The private sector can play its part here and we are already supporting local authorities to collaborate with charities, tech developers, and investors to scale-up innovative solutions for tackling homelessness.
“Examples include the potential of using predictive analytics to identify those households most at risk of entering homelessness, and enabling councils to intervene earlier. Modular temporary accommodation in disused areas is also being looked at to allow local authorities to respond to peaks in demand across London.”