Following a visit to the East Midlands yesterday, John Healey MP, Labour’sShadow Secretary of State for Housing and Planning commenting on new rough sleeping statistics, said:
“These figures are the starkest possible reminder of Conservative Ministers’ five years of failure on housing.
“The number of people sleeping rough on streets in the East Midlands has risen by 72 per cent since 2010, and 9 per cent in the last year alone.
“People will find it extraordinary that in England in the 21st Century the number of people forced to sleep rough is going up – and this is only the tip of the iceberg.
“The first step Ministers must now take is to exempt homelessness accommodation and other specialist housing from the Chancellor’s crude housing benefit cuts, which are set to force the closure of hostels in the East Midlands and make the problem of rough sleeping even worse.
“Beyond that, these figures must be a wake-up call to Ministers to think again and adopt a more balanced set of housing plans.”
John was in the East Midlands yesterday to meet with local housing charities in Derby and Loughborough.