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Evidence session on the Covid-19 pandemic, homelessness and rough sleeping

11 December 2020

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee resumes its work, on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on homelessness and the private rented sector, on Monday 14 December, when it takes evidence from witnesses representing Shelter, Citizens Advice and the National Residential Landlords Association.

Accommodation crisis and the need for long-term funding

In a report published earlier this year, the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee called on the Government to build on successful efforts, to provide accommodation for rough sleepers and homeless people during the Covid-19 pandemic, by providing the long-term funding necessary to end the accommodation crisis once and for all. It further warned of a looming ‘cliff edge’ of evictions in the private rented sector once the eviction ban came to an end due to the numbers of people in rent arears as a result of the economic impact of the pandemic.

Purpose of the session

In this session the Committee will seek an update on how effective Government support has been in supporting individuals in the private rented sector or who are homeless, including how the legal system around evictions is operating. It will also look at what strategies will need to be put in place to support both groups in the long-term, once current measures expire.


Monday 14 December 2020

At 4pm:

  • Liz Davies, Joint Head of Chamber, Garden Court Chambers

  • Simon Mullings, Co-Chair, Housing Law Practitioners Association

  • Giles Peaker, Partner, Anthony Gold Solicitors

At 5pm:

  • Ben Beadle, Chief Executive, National Residential Landlords Association

  • Dr Cecil Sagoe, Policy Officer, Shelter

  • Joe Lane, Principal Policy Manager, Citizens Advice

  • Cllr Rachel Blake, Member of the Environment, Economy, Housing and Transport Board, Local Government Association (LGA)

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