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.