New analysis on the number of children in temporary accommodation has highlighted the complete failure of the Tory Government to deal with this important issue despite the Conservatives saying their success will be judged by how ‘we care for the weakest and most vulnerable at home.’

Figures buried in the website of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government show that since the Tories took office the number of children in temporary accommodation accepted by local authorities has increased by 80%.

The latest figures also reveal that the number of households in temporary accommodation has increased by 74% from 2010 to 2018.

In the East of England, the number of households in temporary accommodation at the end of last year was 5910. The number of children in temporary accommodation was 8330.

A report by the Children’s Commissioner for England estimated there could be more than 210,000 children without a permanent home in England, with thousands living in dangerous converted shipping containers.

Jill Borcherds, Labours Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Stevenage commenting on these figures, said:

“When this Conservative Government ends, the national shame of rising homelessness will be on its political tombstone.

“Homelessness fell at an unprecedented rate under Labour, but under the Tories even more children will be homeless this year.

“This is a direct result of Conservative decisions to slash investment for affordable homes, cut back housing benefit, reduce funding for homelessness services, and deny protection to private renters.

“The next Labour Government will end rough sleeping within a Parliament and tackle the root causes of rising homelessness with more affordable homes and stronger rights for renters.”

  1. Labour has set out a number of key pledges to tackle causes and symptoms of homelessness sector:
  • A New Deal on homelessness
    • With a new national mission and plan to end rough sleeping within the next Parliament and action to tackle the root causes of rising homelessness.
    • We have also been clear can’t help people who are homeless if you won’t provide the homes so we’ll transform our capacity to get people off the streets for good by making available at least 8,000 new homes for people with a history or rough sleeping.
  • A New Deal on housebuilding
    • with at least a million new homes over the next Parliament, then a sustained level of homes built each year after that for the following five-year Parliament
  • A New Deal on affordable homes
    • So we’ll build at least 100,000 genuinely affordable homes to rent and buy a year by the final year of the next Parliament, including the biggest council housebuilding programme in more than 30 years
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