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Government pledge of £105 million to help with rough sleeping

Thangam Debbonaire MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary, responding to the Government pledge of £105 million for help with rough sleeping, said “New funding is clearly welcome to help end rough sleeping. However chronic long-term gaps in Government funding to help with mental health issues, addiction, debt and other problems that rough sleepers often deal with, mean that cash for tenancy deposits is not enough.

“The Government has ignored pleas from local councils, homelessness organisations and Labour to sort out the situation for homeless people, who have no recourse to public funds.

“The Government needs to increase the supply of truly affordable, safe and secure long-term accommodation, particularly at a time when many people living in the private rented sector are at risk of losing their homes due to loss of income in the Covid crisis. Rough sleeping has doubled under the Tories. We cannot go back to business as usual after Coronavirus and we need to see rough sleeping ended for good.”