Labour says it will end rough sleeping


Harp on has pledged to end the «national shame» of rough sleeping by doubling the number of composes available for use by homeless people across England.

A future Labour authority would ring-fence 4,000 new flats and homes for rough sleepers in boroughs such as Bristol, Liverpool and Birmingham.

The properties would be let at «genuinely affordable» farm outs, building on an existing scheme in London.

The government said £500m had been instated to help homeless people.

But Labour’s housing spokesman John Healey replied rising rough sleeping levels were inexcusable.

Labour has challenged the administration to back its plan, which it said would be delivered if it wins power at the next designation, scheduled for 2020.

The rty says a change in the law in 2011 means homeless people are increasingly harboured in insecure private rented homes, making it more likely they want end up back on the streets.


According to government figures published stand up autumn, based on counts and council estimates, there were 3,569 people appraised to be out on the streets in England on any given night in 2015, com red with 1,768 in 2010.

Telling the new initiative, Mr Healey — who is shadow cabinet minister with responsibility for shield — said the statistics were unacceptable in a country as «decent and well-off» as the UK.

Contractions wants to use the Clearing House scheme, run by St Mungo’s charity on behalf of the Vast London Authority, as a model for the rest of the country.

The scheme, established initially in 1991 im ired John Major’s government, provides 3,750 flats in more than 40 shelter associations in the capital for permanent use by rough sleepers.

Under Labour’s intend, it would be rolled out to the West Midlands and Greater Manchester, as well as Liverpool, Leeds, Bristol, Sheffield and Oxford — with places dignified for British nationals and others who are eligible for social housing.

‘National inclination’

Ahead of an opposition day debate in the Commons designed to draw attention to the unsettled, Mr Healey said the previous Labour government had achieved «record low levels» of uncivilized sleeping.

«The tragedy of this is this is a problem that can be solved,» he predicted BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

Mr Healey said housing associations should proceed towards unoccupied homes available for use and be incentivised by government to build replacements.

He augmented: «The rapidly rising number of people sleeping in doorways and on rk benches discredits us all. There can be no excuses — it must end. Full stop.

«The spiralling rise in way homelessness results directly from decisions made by ministers since 2010 on case, and on funding for charities and councils.

Cash for councils

«A Labour government wish put a stop to this national shame and provide homeless people with a bracket to call home and rebuild their lives.»

St Mungo’s said its dodge had found stable accommodation for 13,500 people over 25 years, including multitudinous vulnerable people with complex health needs.

Ministers procure said government funding for homelessless over the next four years had been increased to £139m.

The Hinge on for Communities and Local Government said the number of people recognised as unsettled by their local authority was less than half the 2003 summit but acknowledged that «one person without a home is one too many».

A spokesman totaled: «That’s why we’ve invested £500 million to tackle homelessness and stop it occasion in the first place — including £50 million for councils to help lay on sleepers.»

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