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Homelessness Reduction Bill closer to becoming law

The Homelessness Reduction Bill is closer than ever to becoming law

The Homelessness Reduction Bill has recently been met with unanimous support by MPs and the government, and as such has passed through to the Committee Stage.

This means that the bill, which would place responsibility for preventing homelessness in the hands of councils, is a step closer to becoming law.

Debated last month, the bill was approved by Parliament on October 28th. For many, it represents a crucial step in countering the rising problem of homelessness as the UK struggles with a lack of affordable housing.

While some members raised concerns over the details of the bill, noting that if it is to become law then councils need to be adequately supported by the government to ensure they can afford to make necessary changes, it easily secured the 100 minimum votes needed to move through to the next stage.

Speaking about the vote, Chief Executive of Crisis Jon Sparkes said: "We still have a long way to go before this bill becomes law, but we'll be there every step of the way to help make sure that happens.

"Time and again we hear from people who were turned away from help when they needed it most, despite the fact they had nowhere left to go. Yet if councils get the funding to make it work, the Homelessness Reduction Bill could help put an end to that injustice once and for all," he added.

Mr Sparks also noted that it's crucial that the support secured by the bill's approval is built on as soon as possible. Stating that momentum shouldn't be lost, he wants to get the bill through Parliament and get it working for the nation's homeless.

Other commentators spoke of their relief that the bill was approved, highlighting areas in which it, if it becomes law, could operate to alleviate the homelessness crisis. For example, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, Terrie Alafat CBE, stressed that increasing the supply of affordable homes would be "fundamental".


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