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On Monday 19th March MPs had their first full debate of the Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill. The Bill will ensure councils re-house victims of domestic abuse in lifetime tenancies should they need to leave their existing secure tenancy.
Lord Porter (chairman of the Local Government Association) spoke during the Bill’s passage through the Lords to urge the Government to extend the duty to re-house to housing associations as well as councils.
During the debate a number of MPs highlighted this issue and echoed Lord Porter’s comments about ensuring that domestic abuse victims in all forms of housing are offered the same terms in a new tenancy. MPs will debate the Bill at Committee stage on 27 March.