The All Party Parliamentary Group on Ending Homelessness (APPGEH) was set up in response to growing numbers of people rough sleeping and upward trends in the number of homeless applications.
Between 2014 and 2016, when the APPG formed, rough sleeping rose dramatically by over 50% (see DCLG statistics). This showed that the current system is not efficient enough at preventing and resolving homelessness. We therefore created the group to tackle this issue. We believe it is vital that the Government recognises this growing emergency.
The APPGEH holds regular meetings with its officers to discuss the issues which proceed and escalate homelessness. It aims to develop the policy solutions which will create lasting change. The Group will also provide a platform for homeless people to engage with Parliamentarians and key sector stakeholders and help inform the political dialogue surrounding homelessness.
David Mackintosh MP (Conservative) - Chair
David was elected as the Member of Parliament for Northampton South in May 2015. Mr Mackintosh previously was leader of Northampton Borough Council since 2011, first elected in 2009. Heavily involved in charity work, David is very passionate about ending homelessness and in February 2010, took part in a sleep out to raise the awareness of homelessness in Northampton organised by the YMCA and The Hope Centre.
Dr Paul Monaghan MP (SNP) - Vice Chair
Paul was elected as MP to Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross in May 2015. He has worked with various charities, including Homeless Action Scotland, and has served as Director of the Highland Homeless Trust where he managed the delivery of specialist housing and social support services to vulnerable people.
Neil Coyle MP (Labour) - Treasurer
Neil was elected MP to Bermondsey and old Southwark in the last election and has a strong interest in housing. He previously helped ensure that two local tenants’ associations were re-established. He also has significant experience in campaigning for a fairer welfare policy and is an active member of the local community.
David Burrowes MP (Conservative) - Secretary
David was first elected as MP for Enfield Southgate in 2005, and re-elected in 2010 and 2015. Prior to becoming an MP, David worked as a solicitor specialising in criminal law. He is a strong advocate for the homeless and has a great interest in many other issues of social justice such as family policy and refugees. He has been a member of the Home Affairs Committee since June 2015.
Will Quince MP (Conservative) - Officer
Will was elected Member of Parliament for Colchester at the 2015 General Election and sits on the Transport Select Committee. Before entering Parliament, Will practised as a property solicitor and served as a councillor on Colchester Borough Council.
Michael Tomlinson (Conservative) - Officer
Michael was elected in the 2015 elections as MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole. Michael is a barrister who specialises in housing and property, including social housing and antisocial behaviour and in 2002 won the Queen Mother's Scholarship. He has previously worked with Citizens Advice and set up a jobs club for local residents in his constituency.
We work with a wide range of sector organisations to ensure the APPG is fully informed on the homelessness debate and the diverse homeless population. We aim to engage a wide range of local organsiations and homeless people in the APPGEH's activites.This collaborative platform allows the group to incorporate homeless voices from across the country into the policy discussion.
The Advisory Group includes St Mungo's, Shelter, Homeless Link, Centrepoint, YMCA, NHF, St Basil's, Housing Justice, Albert Kennedy Trust, Salvation Army, The Passage, Connection at St Martins, Changing Lives, Thames Reach, Depaul, Revolving Doors
Meeting agendas and minutes
Next meeting: Wednesday 26 April 2017 - agenda (PDF) on ‘How to prevent survivors of domestic violence from becoming homeless?
- 25 January 2017 - minutes (Word) - How to prevent prison leavers from becoming homeless
- 26 October 2016 minutes (Word) - How to prevent care leavers from becoming homeless
- 28 June 2016 - minutes (Word)
- 9 March 2016 (inaugral meeting) - agenda (PDF)
If you would like more information on the APPGEH please do not hesitate to contact us. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 7426 3888.