BMA welcomes Government extension of rent-arrear eviction ban to avoid surge in Covid infections

by BMA media team

Press release from the BMA

Location: England
Published: Saturday 22 August 2020

The BMA has welcomed the Government announcement that the ban on people facing potential eviction for rent arrears has been extended. The BMA yesterday called for this urgent action to avoid a surge in Covid infections in the winter months.

Professor Dame Parveen Kumar, BMA board of science chair, said:

“We’re pleased that after urgent calls from the BMA and other organisations, the Government has finally decided to extend the housing eviction ban.

“However, those facing rent arrears in England cannot really breathe a sigh of relief as it only gives them four weeks’ respite. The Government must see this announcement as an interim solution ahead of a much longer, credible plan. It’s promising to see the Government putting in place six-month notice periods until at least 31 March.

“However, we are nowhere near a vaccine yet, which means that unless a solution is found we are looking at the threat of mass homelessness just as there is a potential rise on in Covid cases in the winter months. This would be disastrous for the spread of the virus. We need government to enact emergency legislation and funding to further help the homeless and those facing life on the streets during the pandemic.”

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