Issued: October 26, 2016
Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing meets local campaigners calling for action on homelessness
Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing has pledged her support for the aims of the Homelessness Reduction Bill after meeting with local campaigners during a mass lobby organised by Crisis.
Proposed by Bob Blackman MP and supported by homelessness charities including Crisis, the Bill could transform the help available to homeless people in Epping Forest and right across the country.
The new law would help to prevent people from losing their home in the first place and make sure all homeless people can get help when they need it, whilst continuing to protect families with children from homelessness.
Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing said: “I know from my own experience helping people in Epping Forest that people can become homeless for a number of complex reasons outside of their control.
"We need to do everything we can to make sure that anyone facing homelessness can get help, ideally before they actually lose their home. The Homelessness Reduction Bill includes important measures that can contribute to helping those at risk of homelessness.”
Crisis Chief Executive Jon Sparkes said: “MPs from across the political spectrum are coming together to support this important bill. If passed it could be one of the most important things to happen to homelessness in nearly 40 years.
"The Bill is a major opportunity to improve the rights of people currently shut out of the system, whist continuing to protect families with children from homelessness. We must seize this historic opportunity.”