Mayoral candidates pledge to end homelessness
All the London mayoral candidates have signed a pledge to end homelessness in the capital if they are elected.
Voters decide today on who will be elected to the top job in the capital. The candidates all signed homelessness charity Crisis’ pledge.
Crisis chief executive Leslie Morphy said: ‘It is encouraging that the mayoral candidates have made these commitments but what remains to be seen is whether positive words will lead to the decisive action that is desperately needed.
‘It cannot be right that, in the twenty first century in one of the richest cities in the world, people are still left facing homelessness and there are still people sleeping on our streets.’
Figures from a report by homelessness charity Broadway showed rough sleeping at the start of this year had gone up by 26 per cent from the same period in 2011.
On signing the pledge, Conservative mayoral candidate Boris Johnson said: ‘Putting an end to rough sleeping in London is no easy task but it is one I’m determined to achieve.
‘It is simply unimaginable that anyone should have to call the street their home in the 21st century and helping people before they become entrenched on the streets is absolutely vital.’
Labour candidate Ken Livingstone said: ‘As mayor, I will launch a new drive to end homelessness in all its forms using all the mayor’s powers and responsibilities…I will make the case that the bulk of central government funding for tackling homelessness in London should be disbursed via the Greater London Authority to ensure that we get pan-London solutions to what is a pan-London problem.’
Brian Paddick, the Liberal Democrat candidate, said: ‘I am committed to taking a lead on the serious issue of homelessness in London if elected and am happy to sign up to Crisis’ pledge. House prices are unaffordable for first-time buyers, rents are spiralling and too many Londoners simply do not have a decent, affordable home. I will seek to work closely with Crisis and all bodies committed to improving the housing provision in our city.’
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