Thursday 14 December 2017 / 11:53 AM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

The scale of rising homelessness should shame all of us and Conservative Ministers most of all – John Healey

John
Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary for Housing,
responding to
the latest quarterly statistics on homelessness, said:

“The
scale of rising homelessness should shame all of us, and Conservative Ministers
most of all.

“Homelessness
fell at an unprecedented rate under Labour, but after seven years of failure on
housing under the Tories, the number of rough sleepers has more than doubled
and 121,000 children will be without a home this Christmas, up 70 per cent
since 2010.

“This
is a direct result of decisions made by Conservative Ministers: a steep drop in
investment for affordable homes, cuts to housing benefit, reduced funding for
homelessness services, and a refusal to help 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.”