A construction company has been given the power to set up construction jobs, including those for the homeless, after a landmark court decision.
The ruling by the Court of Appeal, which will now have to be upheld by the Supreme Court, was welcomed by homeless activists and campaigners.
The Construction Industry Authority (CIA) has been set up to oversee the construction of new homes, offices and apartments in England and Wales.
The construction industry has been granted the power under the Government’s Housing Act 2010 to set the pace of construction in England, which has seen more than 700,000 homeless people evicted from public housing.
The authority’s powers have been extended to cover housing for people in temporary accommodation, with the aim of ending the “catastrophic” overcrowding in London’s overcrowded boroughs.
The authority has also been given new powers to create and oversee housing projects in England to address homelessness, and to set out policies to support homeless people.
It said it was “unprecedented” to give construction firms this authority and was a “transformational” step to bring more homeless people into the construction sector.
“We are proud to be a part of this important new chapter in our work to end homelessness and ensure that those most in need are given the resources they need to live independently,” CIA chairman Robert Hall said in a statement.
The organisation said that the new powers would be used “to ensure that all our communities have the opportunities and support they need, so that homelessness is reduced to zero”.
“The Construction Industry Agency’s powers enable us to take a much needed step forward to bring about lasting change and a more compassionate society,” it said.
In a statement, the CIA said: “This landmark judgment means that we can once again take concrete steps to end the catastrophic situation of homelessness in London and tackle the root causes of homelessness.”
It means that the construction and construction industry can now focus on the work of building, building and building and not on the people in its midst.
“The court found that the authority was empowered under the Housing Act to set “the pace of the building of houses, offices, apartments and the construction work itself”.
The authority’s power to create new homes is intended to address the long-term problem of the lack of affordable homes for people living in temporary homes in the boroughs of Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Kensington and Chelsea, and Islington.”
This power has been extended for homeless people in public housing in London, including the most vulnerable, to ensure that there are enough places to live for them,” Cia said.
The court also said that “housing is a key part of the housing market and this is the case with the vast majority of homeless people who live in London”.”
We will therefore continue to work closely with homeless people and other stakeholders to ensure the most appropriate accommodation is provided for them in the most suitable way for them and their families.
“But it is hoped that the powers can also be used to provide housing to those with mental health issues.”
The new powers are likely to see a substantial reduction in the numbers of people with mental illness in London housing,” Cina said.
It is also hoped that, with this new power, the authority will be able to create a more “robust and consistent” system for the assessment and placement of homeless vulnerable people, to provide better outcomes.”
What we have seen in recent years with the creation of these new powers, is the need to work together with homeless organisations and other parties, to develop better systems and mechanisms for ensuring that people are housed appropriately,” Cine said.
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