Thursday 10 September 2020 / 10:55 AM Housing / Thangam Debbonaire

Government fails to bring forward evictions legislation ahead of ban lifting on 20th September

The Government Deputy Chief Whip confirmed today that Government has ignored calls from Labour and housing organisations to bring forward legal changes to protect renters before the ban on evictions is lifted next Sunday.

In his Business Statement today, Government Deputy Chief Whip Stuart Andrew announced that there would be no Parliamentary time next week for MPs to debate the end of the evictions ban.

Thangam Debbonaire, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary, said:

“The Government’s chaotic handling of the evictions crisis has thrown renters and landlords into confusion.

“Labour has been saying for months that the Government needs a credible plan to prevent a dramatic rise in homelessness when the ban on evictions is lifted.

“As things stand, we are facing the same cliff edge next week that the Government narrowly avoided at the end of August.

“Ministers promised that no one would lose their home because of Coronavirus. They must urgently change course, and bring forward the urgent legal changes that are needed before next week.”