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HOMELESS BILL BEGINS LORDS' PROGRESS

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The Bill requiring local authorities to undertake a comprehensive review of homelessness in their area and to draw ...
The Bill requiring local authorities to undertake a comprehensive review of homelessness in their area and to draw up an integrated strategy - including social services and voluntary bodies - to prevent homelessness, was given an unopposed second reading in the lords.

The Homelessness Bill also extends the number of categories of people with a priority need to housing and, among other things, gives homeless applicants the right to ask the housing authority to review the suitability of any accomodation they are offered.

For the Conservatives, Baroness Hanham said the Bill was generally supported by the opposition, but not without some reservations about the practical implications of some of its provisions.

The Bill, which has passed its commons' stages, now goes to committee of the whole house of lords.

Hansard 12 Nov: Column 369-413

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