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Homelessness Reduction Bill passes second reading in House of Lords

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Homelessness Reduction Bill passes second reading in House of Lords

24th February 2017
This morning the Homelessness Reduction Bill was debated in the House of Lords for the first time, and was warmly welcomed by peers.

Peers described the bill as “historic” and “ground-breaking” and they voted unanimously for it to pass its second reading. If the bill becomes law it will mark the biggest change in 40 years to the help that homeless people in England get from local councils.

Lord Bird, Founder of the Big Issue and Patron of Caritas Anchor House, spoke passionately about homelessness prevention at the reading. He said:

“At last, there is put before us a mechanism for embracing that beautiful word, prevention. What is so incredible about the Bill, is that it is actually going to prevent a number of people [becoming homeless].

The Homelessness Reduction Bill is a step in the right direction of making prevention, prevention, prevention, being the best course that we can all follow. The mechanisms that can lead to a Section 21* can drive you into homelessness, where you need not be. That is the beauty of this bill - I am so pleased we are debating it today and I am 150% behind it.”

*an eviction notice for renters with an assured shorthold tenancy

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