Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths is supporting Government backed legislation that will bring massive reforms to the country’s homelessness laws. The proposals that were debated on in Parliament last week will help individuals that are homeless find shelter as well as prevent people becoming homeless in the first place.
The Government’s support for the bill comes just weeks after Theresa May confirmed £40 million to pilot innovative new schemes and approaches to help tackle and prevent homelessness. These new measures are being proposed by Conservative MP, Bob Blackman who has called them a ‘revolution’ in how the Government can help homeless people. The potential changes in the law will mean local councils have to provide help to all those affected by homelessness, not just those with ‘priority status’. ‘This will in particular help those who all too often fall through the net.
Speaking on the Government’s support to the changes, Mr Griffiths said: “I am pleased that the Government is supporting these proposals, they will be life changing to many people who face circumstances often through no fault of their own. Most of us cannot even begin to imagine what it is like not to have a roof over our heads and food on the table. These proposals will make a real difference to some of the most vulnerable people in the country”.
Andrew is a big supporter of the YMCA both in Burton and as one of their Parliamentary Patrons. Next month Andrew is taking part in Burton YMCA’s annual Sleep Out for the 7th year in a row to raise awareness of homelessness and raise money for the important work they do.