This is our moment… but we need 100 MPs to make it perfect. Ask yours to help now: www.crisis.org.uk/nooneturnedaway-fb
We are at a critical point for the No One Turned Away campaign and now, more than ever, we need your help.
Thanks to your campaigning so far, on Friday 28 October MPs will have their first debate on the Homelessness Reduction Bill. If successfully passed through Parliament, it will stop homeless people being turned away when they approach their council for help.
This will only happen with your support – please email your MP now: www.crisis.org.uk/nooneturnedaway-fb
Unless 100 or more MPs attend this first debate, parliamentary rules mean that just one MP will be able to kill the bill. And because most MPs work in their constituencies on Fridays, getting more than 100 to stay on at Parliament to attend will be really tough.
But with your help we can do it.
Email your MP and ask them to attend the debate and support this vital bill. If they know their constituents want them to back this then they will be more likely to stay in Westminster.
My letter to Ben Bradshaw MP
I am writing as a constituent and a Crisis campaigner to ask you to attend the second reading debate for the Homelessness Reduction Bill, which is taking place on 28 October.
Crisis is also planning an inspiring event the night before the debate, 27 October, and they will be in touch soon with more details. Please also attend and encourage colleagues to as well.
This private member’s bill is sponsored by Bob Blackman and supported by the Communities and Local Government Select Committee, which has recently published a major report on homelessness. Many of the measures the bill contains are Labour Party policy. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmcomloc/40/4002.htm?utm_source=40&utm_medium=fullbullet&utm_campaign=modulereports
Currently, 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 council. As well as the devastating personal impact that this can have, failing to intervene early to prevent and solve homelessness is a poor use of public resources.
Scotland and Wales have already reformed their homelessness legislation, so this is a vital chance for England to catch up. The measures in the bill will have a firm foundation in the lessons from other parts of Britain and in the findings of a panel of experts with backgrounds in local government, charities, academia and housing law, who have recommended reforms (www.crisis.org.uk/expertpanelreport).
It is welcome that the Government has recognised the problems caused by the lack of help available to many homeless people and is “considering options including legislation”. But, as you will be aware, there is a risk that if fewer than 100 MPs attend the debate then the bill could be talked out.
I understand that MPs often use Fridays for constituency work but given the importance of this issue and the real chance it has of success I very much hope you will be able to attend the debate – please do let me know if you intend to do so.