Liverpool’s Whitechapel Centre has welcomed the government’s support for a private member’s bill to tackle homelessness.
The Homelessness Reduction Bill, which aims to force councils to do more to address rough sleeping, has passed a parliamentary hurdle after being approved in the House of Commons with no votes against.
Drawn up by Bob Blackman MP, the Homelessness Reduction Bill aims to reform the law to ensure more people get help from the government before losing their home.
The proposed legislation will now be put forward for detailed scrutiny after passing its second reading, and David Carter, CEO of the Whitechapel Centre homeless charity, has hailed the development as a significant step towards ending rough sleeping.
He tells Your Move: “We’re delighted that the Homelessness Reduction Bill has passed its second reading in the House of Commons. It means we’re one step closer to ending homelessness.
“If the Bill became law it would place a duty of every local authority to prevent and relieve homelessness irrespective of someone’s priority need. It would increase the time period for someone to be considered at risk of homelessness from 28 days to 56 days.
“Both of these things would ensure a more consistent and robust approach to homelessness that would have to be applied across the country. It would ensure help for vulnerable people at a much earlier opportunity, and this is crucial not only for resolving homelessness, but reducing the stress and devastation that homelessness can cause for individuals.”