BBC 23rd March 2016: A new law which will require earlier intervention by councils to prevent homelessness has passed its final parliamentary hurdle. The Homelessness Reduction Bill also requires councils to provide advice and help to all affected, not just those protected under existing laws. The private member’s bill, introduced by Conservative MP Bob Blackman, received government backing. The government will be providing £61m to councils to meet the costs incurred. Mr. Blackman, who claimed on Twitter it was the most expensive private member’s bill ever passed, said: “I am immensely proud of everything that has been accomplished in this bill. Read more here.