Homelessness Reduction Bill

31st October 2016

The Homeless Reduction Bill cleared its first hurdle in the House of Commons on Friday, having been unanimously approved by MPs at its second reading.

The Bill forces councils in England to take greater measures to prevent vulnerable families and individuals from becoming homeless, as well as expanding their legal duty to help those already on the streets.

David Burrowes, MP for Enfield Southgate and original co-sponsor of the bill addressed the Commons on Friday, reminding MPs of the “stark reality that the average life expectancy of someone who is street homeless is 47 - someone of my age.”

MPs from both sides of the house emphasised the need for a "culture change in councils", shifting their priorities from "crisis management" to a pro-active effort to prevent homelessness.

Mr Burrowes subsequently turned his attention to Enfield Council, stating that “in my constituency, I have had some examples of really appalling, shoddy practices that dehumanised individuals as they tried to seek help.”

Responding to a submission from the Borough of Enfield claiming the measures were ‘likely to detract from the very effective homelessness prevention that already takes place’, Mr Burrowes accused North London Councils of being “in denial”.

“Outer London Boroughs such as mine can be in denial about the real numbers of homeless people” said Mr Burrowes, “They acquiesce – not least because they are allowed to by legislation – to seeing those at risk of homelessness gravitate to central London hostels. They can effectively sit on their hands whilst others pick up the bill.” The Government must ensure “for the good conscience of our nation” that it “delivers a much more comprehensive preventative duty”, said Mr Burrowes.

“We must get on and back this bill.”

Easter Newsletter

Apart from Cadbury's most people recognise Easter, particularly Christians as we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. A dedicated holiday on Good Friday highlights our enduring Christian heritage. As for me I will have contrasting experiences of Easter. On Good Friday I will attend the Greek Orthodox service at St Demetrios Church and join with many hundred in procession around the church. On Saturday 22nd April at 7.30pm I will be taking part in a dramatic presentation at my church in Enfield (www.eefc.net) donning a wig and gown as a Defence Counsel in a case about the evidence for the Resurrection entitled 'Who moved the stone?'

I recognise my Jewish constituents are also celebrating a most significant time in their calendar remembering the Passover. For others it is simply a time to be with the family and eat lots of chocolate! However you will be celebrating Easter, I send you my best wishes.

David Burrowes MP


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First Friday of the month at the Constituency Office from 4 - 6pm – please call the constituency office beforehand to confirm the details.

Last Saturday of the month in the Barclays Bank offices above their branch at the Triangle in Palmers Green 2-4 Aldermans Hill (next door to Starbucks) from 9.30am to 11.30am.  Entrance to the offices is from within the Bank.

Appointment Surgeries - held at the Constituency Office in Winchmore Hill on the second, third and fourth Fridays of each month either between 10-12am or 3–5pm

Please call the constituency office on 0208 360 0234 to arrange a time and date.

Constituency Office address – 1c Chaseville Parade, Chaseville Park Road, Winchmore Hill, N21 1PG