The Homelessness Reduction Bill - which passed its third reading in the Commons Chamber this afternoon and will now proceed to the House of Lords – has been supported by Polegate MP, Maria Caulfield.
The Bill, which was introduced to Parliament as a Private Members Bill by Conservative MP Bob Blackman in June 2016 quickly gained the support of the Government.
If the Bill passes all stages, it will create a law obliging councils to step in and help people threatened with losing their home within 56 days. Off the back of the Bill, earlier this month the Government announced that it will put an extra £48 million towards tackling homelessness.
In the chamber today, Local Government Minister Marcus Jones announced that a further £13 million would be made available by the Government to meet the costs of the Bill.
Meanwhile, opposition MP’s, including Shadow Housing Minister Andy Slaughter, gave their support to the Bill, wishing it well as it progressed through Parliament.
Speaking afterwards, Maria Caulfield said, “I was delighted to be able to be in the Chamber this afternoon to support this important Bill as it proceeds through Parliament. As a former Board Member of the Brighton Housing Trust, and Patron to HOMELINK in Lewes I fully appreciate the importance of tackling homelessness across the country, including within my constituency of Lewes.”
“I therefore very much welcome the proactive stance that the Government have taken on this Bill. It is rare for a Private Members Bill to go to third reading, with the majority running out of allocated time. This move by the Government, together with their commitment of £61 million towards tackling homelessness is just one demonstration of its commitment to making this a country that works for everyone.”