Joint tenancies: removal of a tenant

Part of Domestic Abuse Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:00 pm on 17th June 2020.

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Photo of Nickie Aiken Nickie Aiken Conservative, Cities of London and Westminster 4:00 pm, 17th June 2020

I am slightly confused about what the hon. Member seeks to improve with new clause 43. I am happy to be corrected, but I understand that local authorities, as the hon. Member said, already have the ability to prioritise domestic abuse cases for rehousing. I believe that, on Second Reading a couple of weeks ago, the Minister quoted the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, who said that he was making this a priority. The statutory guidance also states that local authorities should find a local connection, and that it is okay if it is in another district or local authority, so long as there is no threat to the family or the woman. I am just trying to understand what the new clause would do that is not already in the statutory guidance or the Bill.