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Improved support for homeless people in 2017

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Improved support for homeless people in 2017

21st December 2016
The year ahead could be a pivotal one for homelessness in England. 40 years on from the Housing (Homeless Persons) Act 1977, Members of Parliament have the chance to ensure that all homeless people get the help they need.

The Homelessness Reduction Bill is due to have its Report Stage debate and third reading on Friday 27th January 2017. We need your support in encouraging MPs to attend the debate and support the Bill as it stands, to ensure that it does not fall at the final hurdle or end up fatally watered down like its venerable, but flawed, predecessor.

On 28th October 2016, the Bill passed its second reading without opposition in the House of Commons. This was very positive news for those who are currently or at risk of homelessness in England, and the charities like Caritas Anchor House working tirelessly to support them. It has received backing from the government, and the Minister for Local Government, Marcus Jones, has committed to provide additional funding to meet the financial implications on local authorities.

However, now we face a new hurdle. The Report Stage debate and third hearing is taking place on Friday 27th January and unless enough MPs turn up to support it could be blocked.

Please click here to urge your MP to attend the debate, and support homeless people living in your community.

Caritas Anchor House Chief Executive said “The bill still has a long way to go until it can become law, and so it’s vital that all MPs, groups and individuals who have backed the bill so far continue their support. 

“If passed, this crucial bill will provide support to those without a safe roof over their head, and will prevent many people becoming homeless in the first place.”

Find out more about the Homelessness Reduction Bill by clicking here, and to see the progress of the Bill through Parliament please click here.

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