Polegate’s MP has welcomed an Opposition Debate held in the House of Commons Chamber this week to discuss the future of supported housing, although she has called into question the Debates title ‘Reductions in Housing Benefit for people in Supported Housing’.
Using her past experience as a BHT Sussex board member, and former Cabinet Member for Housing, the Lewes MP entrenched upon Members the importance that supported housing holds within so many people’s lives; whilst rebutting opposition arguments that funding for this important housing sector is under threat.
During the debate Maria highlighted how sheltered housing plays a vital role in the lives of people of all ages, saying that it is proven to be of benefit to the health of older members of the community who are able to retain their independence, resulting in large economic value to the tax payer.
Younger members of the community were then in the spotlight as the work carried out by the Newhaven Foyer was praised by the Alfriston MP, providing stability and education on topics such as budgeting, which later prove vital to those that rely on the service.
Speaking afterwards, the Lewes MP said, “This was a really important debate, and I wanted to use it as an opportunity to showcase to Government the great work that is happening in the constituency to ensure funding is secure. I was unwilling to allow the Opposition to use it to as an opportunity to scare some of the most vulnerable within our society that their housing is under threat."