Localism Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:48 pm on 17th January 2011.

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Photo of Toby Perkins Toby Perkins Shadow Minister (Education) 8:48 pm, 17th January 2011

I certainly accept a comment made by Campbell Robb, Shelter's chief executive, who said:

"It is unbelievable that at a time when every two minutes someone faces the nightmare of losing their home, the government is proposing to reduce the rights of homeless people who approach their local authorities for help."

What I also understand about the housing crisis is that the state of the rebuilding programme that was beginning to be implemented is being fundamentally eroded by the Bill. The Government's policies are leading to confusion and chaos and, according to the National Housing Federation, to the loss of 160,000 desperately needed new homes.