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Government support for rough sleepers and private renters scrutinised

15 January 2021

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee takes evidence from former Chair of the Rough Sleeping Taskforce, Louise Casey, as part of its inquiry into the impact of Covid-19 on homelessness and the private rented sector.

As part of its response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government initiated a number of policies to support rough sleepers and private renters during the first lockdown. This included a ban on evictions and the ‘Everyone In’ programme to ensure that no-one was forced to sleep on the streets. In the following months, the eviction ban has been renewed on several occasions, while a number of additional programmes have been announced with the aim of addressing rough sleeping in the long-term.

Purpose of the session

In this session the Committee will examine the impact that Government policies designed to support individuals in precarious housing or rough sleeping have had during the Covid-19 pandemic. It will also investigate if mechanisms are in place to address these issues in the long-term or if there is a looming cliff edge if better support is not in place, including the risks of eviction for the hundreds of thousands of households in rent arrears.

Witnesses

Monday 18 January 2021

From 4.00pm

Panel 1

  • The Baroness Casey of Blackstock DBE CB, former Chair, Rough Sleeping Taskforce

Further information

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