Labour Calls for Government to Ensure No Homeless This Winter

Thangam Debbonaire (in photo), the Shadow Housing Secretary, has called on the Government to ensure that there are no homeless on the streets this winter.

She said:

“Even before the crisis, rough sleeping was a shameful sign of government failure. This winter, without the last resort of night shelters, rough sleeping is more desperate than ever. The Government promised to end rough sleeping for good – it must ensure everyone has a safe, Covid-secure place to stay this winter.”

London Councils also issued a statement today that 90,000 children in the capital would be without a permanent home this winter, stating:

“Although the economic turmoil and job losses brought about by Covid-19 have undoubtedly made the situation worse, with more and more Londoners turning to their council for help, there’s been an upward trend in London’s homelessness rates for many years now. Boroughs are doing all we can to support homeless families but to see these numbers come down we need the government to rethink its policies on welfare, invest more money in frontline services, and prioritise building social housing.”

A spokesperson for the Government said:

“We’ve taken unprecedented action to support the most vulnerable people in our society during the pandemic, backed by over £700 million to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping this year alone and made extra support available this winter.”