At 4pm on Friday 14th September, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Ian Duncan-Smith MP, accompanied by local MP Stewart Jackson, will visit the Peterborough homeless project pioneered by home-grown charity, Hope into Action.

Mr Duncan-Smith and Mr Jackson will begin their visit at Bretton Baptist Church (a partner church) at 4pm where they will meet the Executive Director of Hope into Action, Ed Walker, as well as some of the Charity’s tenants, investors, volunteers, staff and church minister David Whitlock.  Afterwards they will be invited to a private viewing of one of the Charity’s current houses.

Mr Jackson said:

‘Having heard of Hope into Action’s work around the city I welcome the opportunity to show Mr Duncan Smith such a social action project in the city.  I look forward to seeing firsthand the good being done locally.’

Mr Duncan-Smith said:

‘Having heard how Hope into Action has teamed up private capital with voluntary support workers to help vulnerable and disadvantaged adults, I welcome the opportunity to visit Peterborough and see first-hand how this initiative has managed to get seven houses up and running in only two years.  I commend all the staff and volunteers on their innovative approach, and success to date.’

Hope into Action’s Chairman, Gavin Bateman, commented: ‘We are delighted that Mr Duncan-Smith and Mr Jackson are showing such interest in our innovative and exciting project. We see this as endorsement of all the hard work contributed by staff, volunteers and local churches, and the support given to many of the vulnerable tenants we care for.’

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