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How you helped change homelessness law

Following months of lobbying by St Mungo's, our Stop the Scandal campaigners and other homelessness charities, Bob Blackman, MP for Harrow East, introduced the Homelessness Reduction Bill in May 2016 after being selected in a Private Member's Bill ballot in the House of Commons.

Our Executive Director of Strategy and Policy, Dominic Williamson, sat on an expert panel alongside other experts in the field to look at the effect existing legislation had on people facing homelessness. They produced a report and drafted alternative legislation, something that we were keen to ensure formed the basis of the Homelessness Reduction Bill. You can download that here.

The Homelessness Reduction Bill had its second and third readings in the House of Commons on Friday 28 October and 27 January. Friday is usually a constituency day for many MPs, so we called on St Mungo's supporters to email their MP and ask them to support the Bill and attend the debates instead.

Over the course of 2016, 4,000 of you emailed MPs and thousands more showed support for our campaign on social media or lobbied their local parliamentarian in other ways. Together, we generated enough buzz that in the fortnight before the second reading, both the leader of the Opposition and the Government announced their support for the Bill.

The Homelessness Reduction Bill received Royal Assent and became the Homelessness Reduction Act on 27 April 2017.

This would not have happened without the support of our campaigners, so a big thank you to all involved.

You can read the Bill here.

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