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Crisis Chief Executive Jon Sparkes said: “This appalling spike in the number of people forced to sleep rough in London is a disaster for every single person experiencing life on the streets. Across the capital, local authorities are struggling with increasing numbers of people new to the streets, which is why the root causes of the problem must be tackled.
In today's Budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced measures around Universal Credit and it's implementation. In response, Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis said: “Today’s Budget was a missed opportunity to announce simple measures that would help prevent people from becoming homeless.
The Scottish Government must act quickly to move homeless people on from unsuitable temporary accommodation (UTA) as new research shows the detrimental impact it can have on lives.
“We are deeply saddened and shocked beyond belief to hear of the deaths of all these individuals. To think of just one person dying due to the consequences of poverty and homelessness is appalling, but to learn of the sheer scale of those who’ve lost their lives in the past year is nothing short of horrifying. This is a wake-up call to see homelessness as a national emergency."
Crisis Director of Policy and External Affairs Matt Downie said: "We welcome the Government's announcement to levy foreign buyers to fund a drive to tackle rough sleeping. We need bold action now to house and support all rough sleepers and to prevent homelessness in the first place. We hope this new policy marks a shift in the political priority of the issue.
Chief Executive of Crisis Jon Sparkes said: "We welcome the news that the government is planning to allocate £2bn to build new homes in England from 2022. This is a step in the right direction for housing associations who, for the first time, might benefit from long-term commitments of funding, so long as future governments honour this.
"For the strategy to work, the government must also set out bold, cross-departmental plans to tackle the root causes of all forms of homelessness, and prevent it from happening in the first place. This must include plans to build significantly more social housing, to foster greater security for renters, to ensure people have access to benefits and other support they need to help them keep their homes."
“We warmly welcome the news know that the government is considering extending private renters’ contracts to three years. Losing a private tenancy is one of the main causes of homelessness, so this would be a hugely important step forward to help give stability to thousands of people across the country.