Last Friday I was in Westminster for the second reading debate of the Homelessness Reduction Bill.
Usually on a Friday MPs would be in their constituencies but I, along with many other MPs, stayed in Parliament to show our support for this Bill.
The Bill has been introduced by Conservative MP Bob Blackman as a Private Members Bill and has cross-party support.
The central parts of the Homelessness Reduction Bill would strengthen the duties local councils have to people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.
It is welcome to have homelessness in the spotlight in the House of Commons and I believe this Bill is a positive step in the prevention of homelessness but for the Bill to work in practice the Conservative Government must commit to supporting local authorities by funding the extra duties placed on them and they must address the causes of the homelessness crisis that Britain is facing and not continue to worsen them with their policies.
Earlier last week I visited St Mungo’s Lodge in Central London to chat to people who have experience with homelessness. Becoming homeless is something that can happen to any of us and it strips a person of their dignity. It is heartbreaking to see people sleeping rough and feeling like the world has turned their back on them. Nobody deserves this to happen to them.
You can read the full debate by visiting this website link https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2016-10-28/debates/D25DDE1B-CE4D-4887-A9DD-A45F8D3890D6/HomelessnessReductionBill or by phoning my office to request a copy of it.