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05 Sep 2016

56 days to prevent homelessness

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Bea Orchard. 2nd September 2016

In 56 days time MPs will have the chance to help make some major improvements to the homelessness legislation.

On 28 October we need MPs to turn up in Parliament to help turn the Homelessness Reduction Bill into law.

Why is 56 days important?

The Homelessness Reduction Bill would give councils 56 days to help prevent someone becoming homeless.

At the moment councils are only required to intervene when someone is facing homelessness within 28 days, and even then there is not much they are required to do for people who do not fit into the ‘priority need’ categories.

If you found out today that you, or your friends or family, were facing homelessness in just 56 days time, wouldn’t you want to know you could get help straight away?

Giving councils more time to respond to the threat of homelessness will mean there are more options available and the chances of success are higher.

Read the full story on the St Mungo’s website

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