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Help us support the Homelessness Reduction Bill

2nd September 2016
The Homelessness Reduction Bill is scheduled to receive its second hearing in Parliament on 28 October 2016. The Bill represents a very important opportunity to reform homelessness legislation in England and has prompted a very real sense of optimism and heighted urgency across the sector. But for it to succeed, we need your help.

If fewer than 100 MPs attend the debate on 28 October, parliamentary rules mean that just one opponent will be able to stop the bill and it could be scrapped without even going to a vote. That’s why we need you to write to your MP and urge them to attend the debate and back the bill.

Click here to contact your MP.

Many homeless people are not considered a ‘priority’ under the law, meaning that they are often turned away with little or no help when they approach their local authority. The Homelessness Reduction Bill aims to change this. It will make sure that 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.

A step change is needed to help tackle homelessness in England, which continues to rise at a worrying rate. The number of people sleeping rough has doubled since 2010 and increased by 30% in the last year, with an estimated 3,569 people now sleeping on the streets in England on any one night. Meanwhile, there are a further estimated 400,000 “hidden homeless” people, living in hostels, squatting, sofa surfing and more. 

The bill has been proposed as a Private Members Bill by Conservative MP Bob Blackman and has cross party support from members of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee.

Caritas Anchor House, which offers a home and support to over 210 homeless people each year, fully supports the Homelessness Reduction Bill. However, to ensure the bill can progress to the next stage, we need your help. 

You can contact your MP here or for further information, please do not hesitate to contact us by email on info@caritasanchorhouse.org.uk.

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