Housing stock in Milton Keynes currently stands at approximately 112,000. With one of the fastest population growth in the country, meeting the housing needs of residents is an area Mark is very keen on.
This is why he has worked closely with the local Homelessness Partnership and convened roundtable discussions to see how stakeholders can better work together in addressing local housing needs.
Mark continues to be a big supporter of the major YMCA development in Central Milton Keynes which will provide almost 200 supported housing for young people in the city. He organised the visit of Heather Wheeler, Homelessness Minister, who was taken on a tour of the construction project.
Mark voted in support of the Homelessness Reduction Bill in June 2016 which received Royal Assent in April 2017, and became law in April 2018. The legislation requires authorities in England to place more emphasis on the prevention and relief of homelessness for all eligible applicants. By focusing on improved prevention and relief at an earlier stage it is hoped that fewer households will be owed a main homelessness duty and that local authorities will reduce their use of temporary accommodation. The Government is distributing £72.7 million to authorities between 2017/18 and 2019/20 in respect of the new duties. The Act forms a major part of the Government’s approach to tackling homelessness.