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Caritas Anchor House reacts to Governments support of the Homelessness Reduction Bill

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Caritas Anchor House reacts to Governments support of the Homelessness Reduction Bill

24th October 2016
Today (Monday 24 October), the Government pledged their support for the Homelessness Reduction Bill – the final draft of which was published on Friday 21 October.

The Homelessness Reduction Bill is a chance to make the most significant reform to homelessness law for 40 years, and has been but forward as a private members bill by Bob Blackman MP.

Keith Fernett, Chief Executive of homeless charity Caritas Anchor House, responds.

“It’s fantastic that the Government backs the Homelessness Reduction Bill and are committed to help tackle homelessness across England.

“However, we cannot become complacent in light of this announcement. The bill still needs support at its second hearing on Friday 28 October and it is vitally important that at least 100 MPs attend the reading and vote in favour of the bill.

“The Homelessness Reduction Bill has the ability to make the step change needed to tackle homelessness in England. It will ensure councils have a duty to prevent and relieve homelessness regardless of priority need, extend the time that households are considered at risk of homelessness from 28 to 56 days, and provide emergency accommodation for people with nowhere safe to stay. By doing so, it can improve the lives of those who the current system is failing.”

Sajid Javid, the Communities Secretary, said, “No one should have to sleep rough on the streets. We want to build a country that works for everyone, not just the privileged few. That's why we are determined to do all we can to help those who lose their homes and provide them with the support they need to get their lives back on track.

“This Government is therefore, very pleased to support Bob Blackman MP’s Private Members Bill, with its ambitious measures to help reduce homelessness.”

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

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