Tuesday 3 December 2019 / 8:00 AM Housing / John Healey

“Shameful”: Healey responds to statistics showing that 135,000 children will be homeless this Christmas

Responding to new research by the housing charity Shelter which finds there will be 135,000 homeless children this Christmas, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary, John Healey said:

“It is shameful that after ten years of the Conservatives in Government, 135,000 children will be without a home this Christmas.

“Rising homelessness is a direct result of decisions made by the Tories: slashing investment in new low-cost homes, refusing to help private renters and making huge cuts to housing benefit and homelessness services.

“The Conservatives’ manifesto makes clear they have no plan to tackle the crisis of rising homelessness. A Labour Government will end rough sleeping within five years and fix the root causes of rising homelessness with the biggest council and social housing programme since the 1960s, stronger rights for renters and extra funding for homelessness services.”