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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Baroness Hayman): The Government hope to be in a position to consult interested bodies on a draft revision of the Highway Code in September this year, with a view to laying the final document before Parliament early in 1998. It should then be published in spring 1998.
The need to tackle all forms of homelessness is at the heart of our housing policy. We have made a positive start in addressing our manifesto commitments on restoring a proper safety net for families and vulnerable individuals who are homeless unintentionally; and on the release of local authority capital receipts for housing.
The Government agree with many of the Manifesto for Change's recommendations, particularly on the elimination of discrimination against people who are homeless and on the provision of services appropriate to their circumstances. Funding from the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions under Section 180 of the Housing Act 1996 and the recently expanded Rough Sleepers Initiative encourages the provision of advice, services and accommodation which meet the needs of homeless people. We are also keen to ensure that the views of homeless people are taken into account in the development of policies that relate to them. For example, research into single homelessness and independent evaluations of the Rough Sleepers Initiative has included interviews with homeless people to identify the reasons why they became homeless and the help which they think they need.
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