Caritas Anchor House

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The Homelessness Reduction Bill

The Homelessness Reduction Bill

21st October 2016
In his latest video blog, Keith Fernett, Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House, speaks of his support for the Homelessness Reduction Bill.

The Homelessness Reduction Bill is a chance to make the most significant reform to homelessness law for 40 years, through placing new duties on councils to prevent and relieve a person’s homelessness even if they do not fit under the existing “priority need” category.

As homelessness in England continues to increase, Keith highlights the importance of the bill and urges MPs to attend the second hearing on Friday 28 October. If fewer than 100 MPs attend, then just one opponent will be able to stop the bill.

In the last few years, we have seen a dramatic increase in demand for our services, as homelessness in London and the country continues to rise at a worrying rate. The London Borough of Newham, where we are based, is extremely deprived and an identified area of high homelessness. However, house prices in Newham have increased by 23.7% since last year, more than any other London Borough.

Action is needed to reduce homelessness, and the bill is a big step in the right direction. However, Keith calls on more house building and questions how we can stop the runaway housing prices.

Click here to support the Homelessness Reduction Bill and ask your MP to attend the debate.

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