Charities and councils to give evidence on Homelessness Bill

Councils and charities are due to give evidence to the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee as it considers the Homelessness Reduction Bill.

In the first public session of its pre-legislative inquiry into the bill members will  examine whether it will achieve its aim of reducing levels of homelessness.

This inquiry follows the Committee’s report on Homelessness, which called for improved support and assistance for homeless people.

At this afternoon’s session the Committee will hear from representatives of Crisis, Shelter and St Mungo’s and from councillors and officers from Brighton and Hove, Liverpool, Camden and South Cambridgeshire councils.

Areas of questioning will include homelessness prevention, support for non-priority need applicants and a proposed new code of practice.

The line-up for the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House is:

4pm: Charity representatives 

  • Matthew Downie – Director of Policy and External Affairs, Crisis
  • Kate Webb – Head of Homelessness Policy, Shelter
  • Dominic Williamson – Executive Director of Strategy and Policy, St Mungo’s

 5pm: Local authority representatives

  • Justine Harris – Housing Options Manager, Brighton & Hove City Council
  • Cllr Frank Hont – Cabinet Member for Housing, Liverpool City Council
  • Rhys Makinson – Director of Housing Support Services, London Borough of Camden
  • Heather Wood – Head of Housing Advice and Options, South Cambridgeshire District Council

Published by Committee member Bob Blackman MP, the Bill, which is supported by all the Committee members, includes provisions to intervene earlier to prevent homelessness, provide a robust package of support and assistance to single homeless people and enforce homelessness legislation effectively.

The inquiry follows the Bill’s first reading on 29 June 2016 and comes ahead of its second reading on 28 October 2016, when MPs will debate the Bill and decide whether it should continue to progress through Parliament.

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