Second Reading of the Homelessness Reduction Bill.

Document type
Policy briefing
Date of publication
1 October 2016
Housing and Homelessness, Families
Social welfare
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This briefing was produced for the Second Reading of the Homelessness Reduction Bill, a Private Member’s Bill introduced by Bob Blackman MP to bring much-needed reform to England’s 40-year-old homelessness legislation, receiving its Second Reading on Friday 28th October. The bill ensures that all homeless people can access support to resolve their situation, whilst introducing measures to prevent people becoming homeless in the first place. The authors explain the principles underlying the bill, the needs which it addresses, and the importance of checking the rapid increase in homelessness. They address the reasons for this and  note especially that single homeless people who go to their councils for help in England are often turned away because they are not considered a priority. In conclusion, they argue that the bill’s focus on prevention and early intervention will help to ensure that homelessness is tackled at the earliest point for all households and resources are used most effectively.

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