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'HB CHANGES WILL NOT INCREASE HOMELESSNESS' (HANSARD)

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Environment minister Earl Ferrers has denied that changes to the benefits system will lead to a rise in the number ...
Environment minister Earl Ferrers has denied that changes to the benefits system will lead to a rise in the number of people sleeping rough.

Speaking in the Lords yesterday (OA 9 Jan col 5) he said that the government plans to make available £73m over the coming three years to continue the rough sleepers initiative in central London beyond March when it was due to end.

He said that development of a similar approach in areas outside London would also be assisted where 'rough sleeping can be shown to be a major problem.'

Liberal Democrat Lord Avebury pressed the minister on how much extra homelessness would result from the withdrawal of benefit to asylum seekers who are undergoing appeals, and what extra costs would fall on local authorities, in particular Westminster LBC, as a result.

Earl Ferrers said that the home secretary is currently considering representations being made to him.
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