Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


13 JUN 2018

End Homelessness

Thank you for taking the time to email me about the Crisis report "Everybody In" on how to end homelessness.

I understand your concern on this matter and hope the following information from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is reassuring:

There is much overlap between the ideas Crisis have raised in their recent report and the Government's plan to end rough sleeping by 2027.
The recent launch of a £28 million pilot of Housing First, providing some of England's most entrenched rough sleepers with stable, affordable accommodation and intensive wrap-around support. The impact of this pilot will be evaluated to inform any wider roll out of the Housing First approach.
On the issue of social housing, recent statistics which show that more than three times as much council housing has been built since 2010 than in the previous 13 years. The £9 billion Affordable Homes Programme will also help deliver more social housing.
Working together with leading experts on homelessness, the Government will achieve the aim of halving rough sleeping by 2022 and eliminating it altogether by 2027.

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