MIL-OSI UK: Government faces urgent question as homeless deaths top 500 in 2018

Source: British House of Commons News

20 December 2018
Melanie Onn, the Shadow Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government has asked an urgent question on statistics relating to the deaths of homeless people.

Following a project by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) will today, for the first time, release an official report on homeless deaths. Announcing the collection of this “experimental data”, the ONS said their report would,

“Act as a measure for the number of rough sleepers and night shelter and hostel users  that die each year and will improve understanding of how and why homeless people die”.

Housing Secretary James Brokenshire outlined the Government’s policies on tackling rough sleeping.
Melanie Onn accused the Government of complacency and “outsourcing of responsibility” on this issue.
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MIL-OSI UK: Lords debates challenges facing young people

Source: British Parliament News

12 December 2018
Members of the Lords, including a former lecturer in youth and community work at Sunderland Polytechnic and a former health education advisor for the Inner London Education Authority, will debate the challenges facing young people, in the House of Lords on Thursday 13 December.

This is a general debate. They normally take place on a Thursday in the chamber. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government’s attention to concerns.
The debate was proposed by Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top (Labour), former lecturer in youth and community work at Sunderland Polytechnic.
Members expected to take part include:
Earl of Listowel (Crossbench), board member and trustee of the Child and Family Practice Charitable Foundation
Baroness Massey of Darwen (Labour), former health education advisor for the Inner London Education Authority
Lord Norton of Louth (Conservative), ambassador for the Albert Kennedy Trust support organisation for homeless LGBT+ young people
Lord Storey (Liberal Democrat), former primary school head teacher and co-chair of the Liberal Democrat PPC on Education, Families and Young People
Lord Agnew of Oulton (Conservative), parliamentary under-secretary in the Department for Education, will respond on behalf of the government.
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