Labour pledges shelter for every rough sleeper during freezing weather
The party has pledged that every rough sleeper would be provided with emergency shelter under a Labour government.
Responding to plans by the Government to invest £5m in creating 'eleven rough-sleeping hubs', Labour has promised to set up a £100m fund to eliminate rough sleeping during the winter months.
Housing Secretary James Brokenshire admitted that: “No one should ever have to face a night on the streets, and as a government we are taking steps to ensure people are never faced with this as their only option."
“These are vulnerable people, who may be dealing with complex mental health problems or addictions and require specialist help to tackle these issues and turn their lives around."
However Labour have pointed out that the plans do not go nearly far enough, and pledged £100m in the first year of a Labour government to tackle the problem directly.
The plans will be funded through a levy on second homes.
The party also say the fund will also help to put those using the shelters in touch with health and housing support to take people out of homelessness for good.
Shadow Housing Secretary John Healey said it was a “national shame” that thousands were forced to sleep in the freezing cold during the winter months.
“It beggars belief that there is no guarantee of basic emergency accommodation for these people during cold weather,” he added.
“Rough sleeping has risen every year since 2010 as a direct result of decisions made by Conservative Ministers and the problem is getting worse."
“Labour’s plan will save lives and needs to be put in place now."
“Labour will give every rough sleeper a roof over their head, and tackle the root causes of rising homelessness with an end to the freeze on benefits, new rights for renters and a million low cost homes.”