The All Party Parliamentary Group on TA has been busy. Following our call for evidence, and the recent report this resulted in, we have worked hard in the background on the first of the report’s seven policy asks: the creation of an effective national regulatory body for TA.
When the report was published, the Social Housing (Regulation) Bill was going through the second stage in the House of Lords, where it was debated before being voted on. For a bill to become law, both Houses (Lords and Commons) have to agree on its final form. This bill aims to improve the rights of social tenants and introduce stricter regulation. It crucially did not cover the majority residents of TA; a common oversight that is rarely recognised. We wanted to change that.
On the first March 2023, Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh, Chair of the APPG for TA, proposed an amendment to the bill in parliament that would see temporary accommodation added. She spoke eloquently and at length about the need, quoting from the evidence in the report, alongside Rebecca Long-Bailey who also supported this amendment. Between them they spoke up for residents of TA for more than 15 minutes in the House of Commons.