Thangam Debbonaire responds to Luke Hall suggestion that rough sleepers should move in with family and friends

Thangam Debbonaire MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary, responding to Housing Minister Luke Hall writing to councils to suggest that rough sleepers should move in with family and friends, said:

“When Robert Jenrick pledged to end rough sleeping in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis Labour offered its support, but this half-baked suggestion shows that this Government is already rowing back from that promise.

“These comments smack of incompetence – Luke Hall has shown a woeful lack of understanding about the complex reasons why so many people sleep rough in this country; if rough sleepers were able to return to their friends and family, they would not be sleeping rough. They need somewhere safe to live and the support to make a go of it.

“The Government should be working with councils to fulfil its commitment to end rough sleeping, not washing of its hands of the responsibility to house the homeless.

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