A few constituents have contacted me in support of the Homelessness Reduction Bill. I will attend the Report Stage of the Bill on 27 Jan if my diary permits.
In a civilized society, it is unacceptable that people should be faced with the fear of homelessness. It is vitally important to help the most vulnerable in society get their lives back on track, and I know that this is an issue which the Government is taking seriously.
Since 2010 Government funding has helped local authorities prevent more than a million households from becoming homeless. In addition to this, the Government is investing £500 million to prevent, relieve and reduce homeless. This includes £315 million of homelessness prevention funding for councils and a £20 million fund to help local authorities develop new approaches to prevent homelessness.
Central government funding for homelessness programmes is also increasing to £139 million over the next four years. A £10 million Social Impact Bond will support the most entrenched rough sleepers and a further £10 million will help those new to the streets or at risk of sleeping rough.
The Government has also announced that it will invest £100 million to deliver low-cost 'second stage' accommodation. At least 2,000 places will be available to domestic abuse victims moving on from refuges, and rough sleepers leaving hostel accommodation. A £5 million fund will also help the 25 councils which are facing the greatest pressure in moving people out of temporary accommodation and into a home.

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