The All Party Parliamentary Group on Ending Homelessness (APPGEH) was set up in response to growing numbers of people rough sleeping and upward trends in the number of homeless applications.
Between 2014 and 2016, when the APPG formed, rough sleeping rose dramatically by over 50% (see DCLG statistics). This showed that the current system is not efficient enough at preventing and resolving homelessness. We therefore created the group to tackle this issue. We believe it is vital that the Government recognises this growing emergency.
The APPGEH holds regular meetings with its officers to discuss the issues which proceed and escalate homelessness. It aims to develop the policy solutions which will create lasting change. The Group will also provide a platform for homeless people to engage with Parliamentarians and key sector stakeholders and help inform the political dialogue surrounding homelessness.
Neil Coyle MP (Labour) - Co-Chair
Neil was elected MP to Bermondsey and old Southwark in the last election and has a strong interest in housing. He previously helped ensure that two local tenants’ associations were re-established. He also has significant experience in campaigning for a fairer welfare policy and is an active member of the local community.
Will Quince MP (Conservative) - Co-Chair
Will was elected Member of Parliament for Colchester at the 2015 General Election and sits on the Transport Select Committee. Before entering Parliament, Will practised as a property solicitor and served as a councillor on Colchester Borough Council.
Ivan Lewis MP (Independent) - Vice Chair
Ivan was elected MP to Bury South in 1997. He has served as a Minister of State for Care Services, International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He is currently the Co-Chair of the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Homelessness Action Network.
Mark Prisk (Conservative) - Vice Chair
Mark Prisk is the MP for Hertford & Stortford. A member of the Communities & Local Government Select Committee, Mark takes a close interest in housing & planning, infrastructure and cities. He is Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Smart Cities Group.
Rachel Maskell (Labour) - Vice Chair
Rachel Maskell was elected as the MP for York Central at the 2015 General Election. She currently serves as Shadow Rail Minister and is a member of the Ecclesiastical Committee. As well as an interest in homelessness, she has a strong interest in health and social care. Before her election to Parliament, she worked as a care-worker, physiotherapist and health union representative.
We work with a wide range of sector organisations to ensure the APPG is fully informed on the homelessness debate and the diverse homeless population. We aim to engage a wide range of local organsiations and homeless people in the APPGEH's activites.This collaborative platform allows the group to incorporate homeless voices from across the country into the policy discussion.
The Advisory Group includes St Mungo's, Shelter, Homeless Link, Centrepoint, YMCA, NHF, St Basil's, Housing Justice, Albert Kennedy Trust, Salvation Army, The Passage, Connection at St Martins, Changing Lives, Thames Reach, Depaul, Revolving Doors
The next meeting of the APPG on Ending Homelessness will take place between 14:30 and 15:30 on 6 March in Committee Room 7, House of Commons.
The meeting will focus on rapid rehousing models. Rapid rehousing models are an effective way of tackling homelessness quickly in the UK and last year’s Budget saw the Government commit £20m of funding to improve access and support for people seeking to move out of homelessness quickly and be accommodated in the private rented sector. The session will consider how different policies and rapid rehousing approaches can be best applied to the UK to address homelessness.
Attendees will hear evidence from:
- Lars Benjaminsen, from The Danish Centre of Applied Social Science, a leading academic in this area who will discuss how rapid rehousing models have been used to address homelessness in Denmark.
- Mike Taylor, Director of Plymouth Access To Housing who will discuss the organisation's renting support service
The discussion will inform an end of year report, which will make a series of recommendations on how to ensure that when prevention has failed, early intervention can prevent homelessness from becoming a long-term problem.
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Meeting agendas and minutes
- 27 November 2017 - minutes (PDF) - Migrant homelessness
- 28 June 2017 - minutes (Word) - Annual general meeting
- 26 April 2017 - minutes (Word)- How to prevent survivors of domestic violence from becoming homeless
- 26 April 2017 - agenda (PDF) - How to prevent survivors of domestic violence from becoming homeless
- 25 January 2017 - minutes (Word) - How to prevent prison leavers from becoming homeless
- 26 October 2016 minutes (Word) - How to prevent care leavers from becoming homeless
- 28 June 2016 - minutes (Word)
- 9 March 2016 (inaugral meeting) - agenda (PDF)
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