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Homelessness: Temporary Accommodation - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:52 pm on 19th December 2017.

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Photo of The Bishop of St Albans The Bishop of St Albans Bishop 2:52 pm, 19th December 2017

I thank the noble Lord for his Answer. Night shelters and homelessness charities in my diocese are speaking about the huge pressure they are currently under. National Audit Office statistics suggest that the problem has increased nationally from 1,800 rough sleepers in 2010 to 4,000 this year. Given that rise, do Her Majesty’s Government consider that local authorities will have sufficient funding to meet their legal obligations under the Homelessness Reduction Act, which the Minister just spoke of, when it comes into force next year?