Healey responds to homelessness statistics
John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary, responding to the latest quarterly homelessness statistics, said:
“Rising homelessness shames this Conservative government.
“Homelessness fell with Labour, but under the Tories it has spiralled out of control, with over 126,000 children now without a home.
“This is a direct result of the Tories slashing investment for affordable homes, cut back housing benefit, reduce funding for homelessness services, and deny protection to private renters.
“The next Labour government will end rough sleeping within a Parliament and tackle the root causes of rising homelessness with more affordable homes and stronger rights for renters.”
Notes to Editors
- The latest quarterly homelessness figures are available here, for Q1 2019: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/831118/Statutory_Homelessness_Statistical_Release_Jan_to_March_2019.pdf
- They reveal:
o 126,000 homeless children in temporary accommodation, up 1 per cent on the quarter and 69 per cent since 2010
o 37,690 households were initially assessed as threatened with homelessness in Q1 2019, up 10.2 per cent from 34,190 in the previous quarter
o 32,740 households were initially assessed as homeless, up 11.2 per cent from 29,430 in the previous quarter
o Labour has committed to ending rough sleeping within its first five years in Parliament, and taking decisive action to tackle the causes of rising homelessness with a million new genuinely affordable homes over ten years and stronger rights for renters.
- Yesterday (11th September), Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted that “Homelessness is a massive, massive problem for our society” in his “People’s PMQs”