Question for Short Debate: COVID-19: Poverty and Mass Evictions

Lord Bird

On 22 April 2021, Lord Bird led a Question for short debate to ask the Government what assessment they have made of the risk of mass evictions resulting from COVID-19-related poverty; and what steps they will take to prevent such evictions.

Introducing the topic, he gave the following statement:

"Our big issue must be stopping mass homelessness caused by mass unemployment; we have to avoid hundreds and thousands of people being evicted and ending up in temporary accommodation.
"Once the cycle starts, the cost of stopping it continues to rise. Hence, prevention is the most cost-effective and the most social-effective answer."
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