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CIH welcomes progress of Homelessness Reduction Bill


CIH has welcomed the progress of the Homeless Reduction Bill as it passed its second reading in parliament today.

Terrie Alafat CBE, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: "We are delighted to see the Homelessness Reduction Bill progress through its second reading today.

"The bill represents a historic chance to pass legislation to help provide many more people with the support they so desperately need at a time when homelessness continues to rise.

"The issues raised during the debate demonstrate that passing a law which imposes a duty on local authorities to house homeless people will only get us so far.

"Fundamental to tackling homelessness is an increase in supply and this means ensuring there are enough genuinely affordable homes for people on low incomes – this is something we continue to work with government to achieve.

"We are also urging the government to follow up its backing for this bill with adequate funding to ensure local authorities can implement measures effectively. In addition, there must be a cross-departmental commitment to a long-term strategy to tackle homelessness."

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