Earlier this week, I attended the launch of A Safe Home: Breaking the link between homelessness and domestic abuse.
The joint report, published by homeless charity Crisis and the APPGEH, highlights the fact that survivors of domestic abuse in England are being left at risk of homelessness because local authority rules state they aren't vulnerable enough for help with finding permanent housing.
Homelessness is one of my key local priorities, which I've been actively working on since becoming the MP for Mansfield and Warsop. I've raised my concerns at the highest levels of Government, bringing both the previous Minister for Homelessness, Marcus Jones MP, and the former Home Secretary, Amber Rudd MP, to Mansfield to meet the public sector charitable organisations and businesses to look at various aspects of things that could be improved on locally.
I've also worked with Crisis to improve services. At the end of last year, I joined a call for action on World Homeless Day and added my name to Crisis' Everybody In campaign.
It's horrendous that people may be faced with the options of either becoming homeless or returning to a life of domestic abuse. It's really important that the Government takes action and that services are able to provide effective support.
I'll continue to work on this issue in the coming months and press Government to ensure that everybody in Mansfield and Warsop has a safe place to call home.