#Tory#Homeless minister Heather Wheeler was asked why the number of rough sleepers had increased? she replied “In truth, I don’t know.” Let’s recap how Tory #austerity has caused an increase in rough sleeping and homelessness: 🔵Rents have risen whilst housing benefit has been cut; up to 5m households have seen a drop in state support for housing costs over the past three years. 🔵 Shelter thinks that 78% of the rise in homelessness over the last six years was due to people being evicted from privately rented homes. 🔵The number of Government-funded social rented homes being started each year has fallen from almost 40,000 in 2009/10 to fewer than 1,000 last year – a fall of 98%. 🔵The National Audit Office makes the link explicit: the rise in homelessness is ‘likely to have been driven by welfare reforms’, the watchdog warned last year. 🔴#Labour ’s Shadow Housing Secretary, John Healey MP commented: “If Ministers seriously don’t know why rough sleeping has risen then they don’t know how to fix the problem either. “The truth is the national shame of rising rough sleeping is the direct result of decisions made by Conservative Ministers: cuts to council services and housing benefit, a lack of action to help private renters and a sharp fall in the number of genuinely affordable homes.
Hopefully that gives the Tories a clearer idea of their own role in the rise in rough sleeping… .
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