Charity sets out steps to end homelessness
Umbrella group Homeless Link has issued a general election manifesto setting out 10 steps to end rough sleeping and homelessness.
The body is calling for a green paper to tackle the social exclusion of people with multiple needs, as well as more information gathering on homelessness, and improvements to benefits.
Jenny Edwards, chief executive of Homeless Link, said: ‘Less than a year ago the mayor’s London Delivery Board focused on the 205 most entrenched long-term rough sleepers as part of the national campaign to end rough sleeping by 2012.
‘Less than a quarter remain sleeping rough and it cost just an extra £6,000. Something quite extraordinary is happening here. We firmly believe that people can change because we have the evidence that they can.’
The launch of the manifesto was attended by homelessness minister Ian Austin, shadow communities secretary Caroline Spelman, and Liberal Democrat communities spokesperson Julia Goldsworthy.
Mr Austin said: ‘Everyone has the right to decent, affordable home – it is a basic human right.
‘We must put housing and homelessness at the centre of the election and end the scandal of homelessness for good for the first time in history.’