Mayor Sir Steve Bullock, London Councils’ Executive member for housing, said:
“I welcome this new draft of the bill. We’re heartened to see that many of councils’ key concerns have been heeded, and this demonstrates a commitment to bringing forward legislation that genuinely works to prevent homelessness and assists some of the most vulnerable people. We will continue working with partners, with the goal of the legislation being implementable for councils, who are working to prevent homelessness in London against the background of intensely rising need.
“The solution to homelessness however cannot be seen outside of the overall housing crisis – we must build more homes at pace and scale. Councils are building, but we need the powers to deliver the homes that London needs. This, and looking again at the effect of welfare reform in the capital would start to address the gap between rents and incomes which is at the heart of homelessness increases.”