Mayor Sir Steve Bullock, London Councils’ Executive member for housing said:
“We welcome the committee’s contribution to the homelessness debate. London boroughs have a great track record in this area, having prevented or relieved nearly 30,000 cases of homelessness in the last financial year alone. But, although its aims are commendable, the Bill as drafted would make it harder to help some of the capital’s most vulnerable people.
“Within the current context – where councils in London are spending upwards of £600 million a year on temporary accommodation against a backdrop of ever increasing homelessness and a lack of housing supply– boroughs would require a significant increase in funding if the proposals are to be implemented successfully. London also needs 49,000 homes per year to meet increasing demand.
Whilst we look forward to helping shape and improve the Bill ahead of the second reading, government needs to develop a coherent long term strategy around homelessness and to bring about a package of funding, planning and land measures to tackle the capital’s chronic homes shortage .”