Friday the 28th saw progress being made towards some much needed landmark legislation aimed at reducing homelessness.
Bob Blackman’s Homelessness Reduction Bill passed its crucial second reading in the House of Commons, without a single vote against it…
If passed, the bill place a new duty on councils to prevent the homelessness of anyone eligible for assistance within 56 days, regardless of their “priority need” status. Single people are not typically regarded as priority need by local authorities.
It has been widely supported by homelessness charities, and will also change 40-year rules penalising single people trying to get help with housing.
Responding, Crisis Chief Executive Jon Sparkes said: “This is a landmark moment, and we’d like to thank the 100+ MPs from across the political spectrum who came together to back this unique bill, as well as Government ministers for offering their support at such a critical time.
We are particularly grateful to Mr Blackman MP for the passion and dedication he has shown in bringing the bill to this stage, and to the thousands of campaigners who took action urging their MPs to attend.