MAJOR PROGRESS

Following steep increases in street homelessness across the country it's good to see that cross-party support has been gathering momentum and the Homelessness Reductions Bill is set to be debated in Parliament on 28th October.

This is a great opportunity to make a positive move forward. As many of us know, many homeless people are not considered a 'priority' under the law, meaning that they are often turned away with little or no help when they approach their local authority. In the 21st century it seems only reasonable that accommodation should be a basic human right.

The Homelessness Reduction Bill will ensure that councils have a duty to prevent and relieve homelessness regardless of priority need, extend the time that households are considered at risk of homelessness from 28 to 56 days, and require emergency accommodation for people with nowhere safe to stay.

This is a major step in the right direction.