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GOVERNMENT MAY DRAW BACK FROM HOMELESSNESS PROPOSALS

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New proposals to retain a safety net for homeless people are to be brought forward, the local authority association...
New proposals to retain a safety net for homeless people are to be brought forward, the local authority associations reported after a meeting today with the housing minister.

Sir George Young admitted that the government's present plans do not provide adequate safeguards, according to the ACC, ADC, ALA and AMA.

They told him there was overwhelming cross-party opposition to the government's present plans among their member authorities.

They argued that government concerns about fairness in allocations - if justified - could and should be met without changing the legal framework and removing the rights of homeless people. And they called for the plans to be scrapped.

Sir George said he had no intention of withdrawing the plans as a whole, pointing out that there were 22 proposals not just one. But he asked for more discussions at official level to clarify the detailed concerns raised by the local authority associations.
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