The choice facing voters on May 6 is simple: do we accelerate the progress of the last four years, or do we go back to the old failing approach?
Posts Tagged: Homelessness
Housing First is essential but not sufficient – if there are as many non-UK nationals sleeping on the streets post-Covid as before.
Plus: Bean bags, ping pong tables, and padded pods, in Slough’s swanky new council offices.
Sajid Javid: Housing First helps to break the cycle of rough sleeping. So let’s scale it up and finish the job.
The Centre for Social Justice’s new report sets out in detail how the programme could be increased from 2,000 to 16,500 places.
The lesson of the last year is poorer communities are much more vulnerable to the next virus or health emergency.
Robert Jenrick: We’ve made real progress on reducing rough sleeping since the pandemic came – but there’s much more still to do.
This is not an easy issue to solve. Rough sleeping is as much a health issue as it is a housing issue – it is often a crisis of addiction and mental health as well.
Brooks Newmark: With the rise in the virus and winter soon upon us, now is the time to help rough sleepers
The fifth in our mini-series of pieces from the Centre for Social Justice on the virus – and aiding those in deep poverty.
Like the virus itself, and like other restrictions, this shutdown will come down hardest on the deep poor
Duncan Smith names “five giants”: family breakdown, worklessness, serious personal debt, addiction and educational underachievement.
Brooks Newmark: How to eradicate the blight of rough sleeping once and for all by the end of this Parliament
It needs a clear prevention strategy in place by year-end, to provide a clear framework for local councils, and to roll out the Housing First Programme.
Why shouldn’t councils build the homes needed? We can re-enter the market, using low costs of capital to borrow, and cut out the middleman.
The Chancellor is groping his way, knowing well that the future is unknowable, trying to hold on to as much of the past as he can.
A bed is not enough. A chance of employment, as well as good physical and mental health are needed to turn lives around.
Sunak’s statement tomorrow. How much like the Old Normal can we afford to make the New Normal be – or try to?
Given the Coronavirus uncertainties, whatever he announces could be even more provisional than most schemes of most Chancellors.
When there are no private rentals to go to the flow from abusive home to refuge in privately rented accommodation will come to an abrupt halt.
Izzi Seccombe: During this crisis, I’m proud of how Conservative councils are delivering the help needed
The focus has been on the vulnerable – the elderly, the lonely, and getting homeless people off the streets and into secure accommodation.