Maria Caulfield MP has congratulated Lewes and Wealden Councils, who along with Rother Council recently secured £120,000 to aid their work in homelessness reduction.

During a debate on homeless Maria took the opportunity to highlight the hard work being carried out by local authorities, Lewes District and Wealden District Councils, in her constituency.

Maria Caulfield MP speaking in the House of Commons said “Will the Minister join me in congratulating Lewes District Council, which along with Wealden and Rother managed to secure £120,000 earlier this year from the £46 million rough sleeping initiative? Does he agree that it is this Government who, for the first time, have got serious about tackling the causes of homelessness by introducing the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 and providing £1.2 billion of support for tackling all the causes of homelessness?”

The Minister for Local Government and Homelessness, Luke Hall MP said “I thank my hon. Friend and congratulate her local authority. One of the important points about the Homelessness Reduction Act is that for the first time, we have a year’s worth of data showing the importance of the early intervention that she talks about. She is right that it is backed up with £1.2 billion of funding, but of course today’s statistics show that there is so much more to be done.”

Maria Caulfield MP said “In this day and age no one should be homeless and the Government are doing all that they can to help local authorities to get people off of the streets to rebuild their lives.

"The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 is making real strides by ensuring that more people will be helped by councils and the funds are being given to them to do so.”