Following its third reading in the House of Commons, the bill
has now passed to the House of Lords for further scrutiny and had
its first reading on 30 January.
The second reading, the general debate on the detail of the Bill
in the House of Lords, is scheduled to commence on Friday 24
A number of significant changes were made to the Bill at report
and third reading stages in the Commons which will significantly
increase duties and responsibilities on local authorities. Most
notably, an amendment was made to clause 1 to define the meaning of
anyone "threatened with homelessness" so that it applies to anyone
likely to become homeless within 56 days (the current provision is
During the debate the minister, Marcus Jones, said that the
amendments agreed are estimated to increase the cost of the Bill by
£13 million over the course of the spending review period. That
increases the total new burdens cost of the Bill from the
previously announced £48 to £61 million. The minister confirmed
that the government will meet those costs.
During the debate, he also announced that the final new burdens
assessment will be published once the distribution formula for the
funding is complete, and when the Bill has completed its passage
through the House. It was confirmed that the government will work
with local authorities and the Local Government Association to
develop a fair distribution model for the funding.
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