Mansfield MP Ben Bradley wants homelessness issue to be a top Government priority

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Tackling homelessness should be a “big priority” for the Government, said Mansfield MP Ben Bradley as he joined a debate on the issue in the House of Commons.

Mr Bradley highlighted the complex issues behind homelessness and called for the Government to help supported housing associations access funding to ensure that vulnerable people receive ongoing support.

He also highlighted the importance of funding prevention programmes to ensure that individuals are helped at the earliest possible opportunity.

It comes after the Beast from the East swept the country last week- the snowstorm is thought to have left more than 50 homeless people dead.

The Conservative MP said: “It’s a hugely important issue across the country and I want to make sure that Government sees tackling homelessness as a big priority.

“They’re taking a lot of steps forward including piloting new ideas, committing £1bn to tackling the issue and introducing the new Homelessness Reduction Act in April.

“From the work I’ve done locally, bringing service providers together with Government ministers, I know there are a lot of challenges but also a real commitment to helping the poorest people in Mansfield.”

During the debate, Mr Bradley praised the “good work” done by Mansfield District Council and by Framework Housing Association’s outreach team who he met last year.

He spoke of the important work carried out by Framework to provide housing assistance and access to support services for mental health and drug and alcohol addiction.

Mr Bradley also praised t Mansfield’s Beacon Project for their help providing food and showers to homeless people as well as their help ensuring that homeless people are able to access key local services.

Ministers say the Homelessness Reduction Act, which comes into force in April, will ensure that all English local authorities, public services and the third sector “will work together more effectively to help prevent homelessness”.

The Act aims to place a duty on local authorities to help all eligible people at risk of becoming homeless 56 days before they are threatened with homelessness.