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12 Jun 2017

Homeless Link: What the election result means for our sector

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Published on Homeless Link 9th June 2017
While the dust is still settling on the 2017 election, and a number of things will only become clear in the coming days, we have compiled a summary of what we know so far, and the potential implications for our members.

With one seat left to declare in the election, it is clear no party has won the number necessary to gain an overall majority (326 of 650 seats in Westminster). This means we have what is known as a ‘hung Parliament’.

In order to govern, parties must command the confidence of the House of Commons – if a party does not have majority control of the House of Commons, they have a few options. They can either enter into a formal coalition with other parties to ensure they have a majority of seats, as seen with the Coalition Government 2010-15, or operate as a minority Government with other parties offering support in key votes and on other issues on a vote-by-vote basis.

It is important to note that many of the issues relevant to our members, such as housing, welfare, health and criminal justice, are devolved in Northern Ireland. This means there is little in the DUP’s Westminster election manifesto on these issues, and it is unclear how their ten MPs might use any influence in Westminster to shape legislation in these policy areas that will not affect Northern Ireland.

In terms of the Conservative manifesto, there are a few things highlighted in our pre-election manifesto round-up that we will be monitoring in the coming weeks and months:

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