Surge in rough sleeping shows more funding needed to prevent homelessness

Rough sleeping in England rose by 15% in the year to autumn 2017, according to new government figures. 

Responding, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said: 

“A 15% rise in rough sleeping is shameful and shows the Conservatives have failed to take real action to tackle the housing crisis.

“The number of rough sleepers is hard to record and so these figures are likely to be an understatement of the full extent of the crisis.

“Until the Government commits to the funding needed to prevent homelessness and builds more genuinely affordable homes, and invests properly in mental health care, the number of rough sleepers will continue to rise at a shocking pace.

“This is why I’m putting tackling rough sleeping, and the wider issue of homelessness, at the heart of my leadership of the Liberal Democrats.”

Homelessness and housing is a big priority for the team in Tower Hamlets, too. 

Speaking in the Council chamber recently, Cllr. Andrew Cregan said:

"It is shameful that Tower Hamlets residents remain homeless or in overcrowded housing due to inaction, ineptitude and a failure to use existing powers within the gift of the council".
This followed revelations from a Liberal Democrat Freedom of Information request that 500 homes across Tower Hamlets have sat empty for more than 6 months, and 117 have sat empty for two years or more. 

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