Canning Town charity boss and West Ham MP back homelessness bill

PUBLISHED: 18:31 28 October 2016

Keith Fernett of Caritas Anchor House in Newham backs the Homelessness Reduction Bill Picture: Caritas Anchor House

Keith Fernett of Caritas Anchor House in Newham backs the Homelessness Reduction Bill Picture: Caritas Anchor House

Caritas Anchor House

A charity boss has welcomed the government’s pledge to support the Homelessness Reduction Bill.

A bill that would force councils to tackle homelessness through early intervention passed its second reading in Parliament today, with the government promising “full” support.

Chief executive of Canning Town’s Caritas Anchor House, Keith Fernett, said it was the first step toward significant change.

“The bill has the ability to transform the way homeless people are supported in England,” he said. “However, the bill still has a long way to go until it can become law, and so it’s vital that all MPs, groups and individuals who have backed the bill thus far to continue their support and campaign work.

“We must also look at further solutions to tackle the alarming rise seen across the country. I urge the government to build more affordable and social housing.”

Speaking in Parliament today, West Ham MP Lyn Brown said passing the bill would provide welcome relief for her homeless constituents who rely on the temporary accommodation provided by Caritas Anchor House.

“This week I have met some of the people living in Caritas Anchor House and I was really impressed by their resilience and their aspiration,” she said. “One woman entered Caritas Anchor House soon after being evicted following a mental breakdown and hospitalisation. She was on the streets for some time but she found her way to the charity.

“She’s now training to be a youth worker and she wants to take a degree to help her career.

“I met a man who decided that living on the streets was better than living at home because that was the only way he could free himself from the company of family who were encouraging him to take drugs. He is now clean and training to be a tunneller.

“So Madam Deputy Speaker, these people were excited by this bill. They thought it would prevent other people from finding themselves in the same situation. And I have to say it’s because of their hope that I am here to support this bill today.”

Related articles


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Newham Stories

32 minutes ago

The one-time West Ham United winger discusses the need for back-up in all areas of the pitch

Josh Koroma

Youngbloods Lion Cubs made a superb start to the new year with a convincing 98-40 win over Baddow Eagles at St Bonaventure’s School.

An Islamic State-inspired terrorist plotted attacks in the UK on a range of targets including Big Ben and the Queen’s Guard, a court heard.

Transport for London

A frail cancer patient who was badly beaten by thugs in East Ham has died more than four months after the attack.


Medical failings stretching back more than two decades cost the NHS trust which runs Newham University Hospital tens of millions of pounds a year.

Newham University Hospital
Yesterday, 18:17

A primary school in East Ham has banned pupils under the age of eight from wearing hijabs and encouraged parents not to make their children fast on school days.

Yesterday, 17:00

Everton boss reflects on 4-0 thrashing away to Tottenham Hotspur and concedes he should have been more boring

Sam Allardyce
Yesterday, 16:19

Two men and a 17-year-old accused of fatally stabbing a man in Plashet Park in broad daylight have denied murder.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read

Show Job Lists


Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Read more

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Read more

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now