Rough sleepers have increased 169% under the Tories with the official one night count figures revealing 4,751 in 2017 compared to 1,768 in 2010.
Even if the Tories meet their pledge to halve rough sleeping by 2022 it will still be 34% more than they inherited in 2010.
In December 2017 at PMQs Theresa May said:
“We don’t want to see people without a roof over their head. That’s why we’re committed to halving rough sleeping by 2022 and eliminating it by 2027.”
IF the government halves the current 4,751 rough sleeping figure by 2020 as they have pledged it falls to 2,376 which is still 34% higher than the 1,768 figure the Tories inherited in 2010.
The figures are miserable – or should that be May’s-rabble – as that is clearly how she sees those who sleep on our streets and under our hedgerows!
Note too that the figures are for one night only and the 1,137 recorded in London belies the total number of 8,108 rough sleepers recorded in the capital in 2016/17. If this figure is replicated across England then there are 33,880 who sleep rough each year in England and not the headline one night number of 4,751.
The figures are a systemic failure of housing and homeless policy in the UK under the Tories and record a government who doesn’t care. A truly May’s-rabble record.
You can read the figures for your town or city here and the national figures show more than 3 in every 4 rough sleepers (76.1%) are not in London but in the regions and that 86% are male … and then you can say you have salved your conscience and go back to whatever you were doing before and next December you can say how wrong it is to have to sleep rough at Christmas time like you always do … hey ho!
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