Friday 27 January 2017

Homelessness Reduction Bill passes second reading

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Today, a landmark Bill that will help prevent people from becoming homeless has passed its second reading in the House of Lords.

The Bill will give councils in England more responsibility to house people experiencing homelessness and prevent more than 40,000 people a year becoming homeless in the first place.

Simon Grainge, Chief Executive of Emmaus UK said “Anything that prevents people from ending up on the streets is very welcome. Once someone becomes homeless it has a hugely detrimental impact on their physical and mental health. For many, in particular single men, there has been no safety net until now, which is why this piece of legislation is so important.

“But the next priority now has to be making it work. Local authorities will only be able to help people if they have the funding and resources to do so. I hope the government will make sure they receive the support they need to keep people off the streets and stop the continuing rise in homelessness we’re seeing across the UK.”

The Bill will now move to the Committee, then Report stage before returning to the House of Lords for its Third Reading. If successful in the House of Lords, the bill will become law.