Yesterday in Parliament I spoke out about the Government’s failure to protect people from homelessness. In an Opposition Day Debate, I expressed my dismay at the growing numbers of people sleeping on our streets, and the way in which a lack of social and affordable housing, cuts to housing benefits and local government resources, and soaring rents are causing this crisis.
Read my full speech here
In recent years, I have met increasing numbers of people at my advice surgery who are sleeping rough, and this Government is failing to help them. In London, thousands of families are living in temporary accommodation because there are not enough homes that are decent and affordable to rent. As a country, we need urgently to invest in building social and affordable housing, stop paying huge amounts in benefits to private landlords, and fund local government so they can help support those at risk and prevent homelessness. Until we do that, any attempts to tackle homelessness will always be destined to fail.