Andy Winter's Blog

The general election is just 15 days away. The manifestos have been published. Housing has become a more important issue, and has attracted some comment (not least the proposal to extend the Right to Buy to housing association tenants). However, homelessness and street homelessness, in particular, have hardly been mentioned.

So what do the national manifestos of the main parties say about homelessness? In alphabetical order:

Conservatives: “We have also pioneered the use of social impact bonds and payment-by-results, and we will look to scale these up in the future, focusing on youth unemployment, mental health and homelessness.” (page 46)

Green: “(We will) Provide more rights for homeless people, giving local authorities the same duties with regard to single people and childless couples as to families, and ending the practice of declaring people ‘intentionally homeless’. Aim to end rough sleeping completely and give public authorities a duty to…

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