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.


10 OCT 2018

Homelessness

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about homelessness.

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

The Housing First approach to tackling homelessness has a record of being effective at helping people with high and complex needs. That is why 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 is welcomed. 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 show that more than three times as much council housing has been built since 2010 than in the previous 13 years. That said, more needs to be done, and the £9 billion Affordable Homes Programme will help deliver more social housing, and look forward to the Government's forthcoming green paper on the sector, expected this year.
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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