Chief execs call on MPs to back crucial homelessness bill
Homelessness is one of the great social injustices of our time, and parliament now has an historic opportunity to do more to tackle it. Last week an influential group of MPs published the results of a wide ranging inquiry into homelessness, and we urge the Government and MPs of all political persuasions to listen to its recommendations.
Crucially, the Select Committee has agreed to scrutinise and endorse the Homelessness Reduction Bill put forward by Bob Blackman MP, which could transform the help available to homeless people. There is now a clear cross-party consensus that if we’re to end homelessness then we need a change in the law, backed by improvements to the availability of stable and affordable homes, so that all homeless people can get the support they need.
With Theresa May pledging to make Britain a country that works for everyone, we urge the Government to show its commitment by supporting the bill and call on all MPs to back it during its critical second reading in October.
- Mick Clarke, Chief Executive, The Passage
- Keith Fernett, Chief Executive, Caritas Anchor House
- Alison Gelder, Chief Executive, Housing Justice
- Martin Hancock, Chief Executive, BCHA
- Denise Hatton, Chief Executive, YMCA England
- Rick Henderson, Chief Executive, Homeless Link
- Christina Marriott, Chief Executive, Revolving Doors
- Seyi Obakin, Chief Executive, Centrepoint
- David Orr, Chief Executive, National Housing Federation
- Campbell Robb, Chief Executive, Shelter
- Liz Rutherfoord, Chief Executive, Single Homeless Project.
- Tim Sigsworth, Chief Executive, Albert Kennedy Trust
- Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive, St Mungo’s
- Gavin Smart, Deputy Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Housing
- Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive, Crisis