Government backs Homelessness Reduction Bill

24 October 2016

Responding to the announcement by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid that the government will be supporting the Homelessness Reduction Bill, Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive of St Mungo’s, said:

“This is very welcome news."

“The Homelessness Reduction Bill is a major step towards ensuring people get the help they need to prevent or tackle their homelessness. It will fill a gap in the law that has meant that many people little or no help to avoid the dangers of sleeping rough."

"Government support for the Bill is a real boost to everyone who has worked and campaigned tirelessly to improve the current homelessness legislation. This includes St Mungo's clients who have bravely shared their stories of homelessness to help others avoid the same devastating experience."

"We look forward to working with the government to ensure the Bill successfully passes into law and is implemented quickly and effectively. MPs still have a critical role to play: unless they attend the second reading debate on Friday (28 October) and support the Bill it could still be blocked. We urge MPs not to miss this once in a generation opportunity to reduce homelessness and rough sleeping."

"As the Prime Minister recognised last week, greater efforts are needed to tackle homelessness and end rough sleeping. Reform to legislation and the recently announced funding programmes are major steps in what we hope will be a long term commitment from the government to stop the scandal of people sleeping on our streets for good.”

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