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Morning Briefing: backlash over May’s PMQs comments

Theresa May faces a backlash over “callous” comments on homelessness and the rest of the day’s housing news and reaction

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In the news

Homelessness was in the news yesterday, with a damning Public Accounts Committee report accusing the government of complacency on the issue. So it was no surprise to see it pop up in Prime Minister’s Questions.

Asked by Labour’s Rosena Allin-Khan about rising numbers of homeless children, Theresa May replied: “Anybody hearing that [question] will assume that what that means is that 2,500 children will be sleeping on our streets. It does not.”

In response, Ms Allin-Khan told The Guardian: “I was appalled to hear her callous answer to the question: she’s effectively telling those children they should be grateful that they’re not sleeping on the streets.”

Matthew Downie, director of policy and external affairs at Crisis, added: “The issue we’ve got at the moment is that it’s just taking such a long time for people who are accepted as homeless to get into proper, stable, decent accommodation.”

In other news, builders in Scotland are sceptical that the government’s affordable homes target will be met and new legislation will make high-speed broadband a legal right for all homes in the UK by 2020.

On social media

There is much reaction to yesterday’s news that the high-value asset levy will not be introduced in 2018/19:

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