New research by the housing charity Shelter shows that there will be 135,000 homeless children this Christmas – an increase of seven thousand in just two years.
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.”
The Conservative manifesto contained no additional funding for social housing and no new measures to combat rising homelessness or rough sleeping.
The Labour manifesto sets out a plan to end rough sleeping within five years, with 150,000 council and social homes a year, new funding for homelessness services and housing benefit and a charter of renters’ rights.
A Channel 4 Dispatches programme went out on Monday night showing the plight of the UK’s more than four million children living in poverty:
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