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Help for the homeless

18 January, 2019

• I WAS proud to sign Islington Council up to the Homeless Friendly Campaign Pledge with council leader Richard Watts last week. The pledge commits the council to continue to work to meet the needs of homeless people, including providing training for staff and ensuring procedures are homeless friendly.

The council has been innovative in its approach to helping homeless people, with the Housing First programme offering a secure home and wrap­around support to people in a pilot scheme to enable them to address the challenges in their lives.

In council budget proposals published earlier this month we’ve committed to building on recent success in tackling rough sleeping, by mainstreaming funding for specialist outreach officers and a coordinator to help people get their lives back on track and a roof over their head.

The Tory government has consistently failed to take action to support the most vulnerable in our society, with homeless­ness rising every year since 2010. Despite core government funding to the council being cut by 70 per cent since 2010, Labour is working hard to protect services that people rely on.

It is unacceptable that anyone is forced to sleep on the streets, even for one night, and Labour is committed to preventing homelessness and helping homeless people.

Labour’s bold 2018 manifesto pledged to tackle homelessness by providing the tailored support that homeless people need. We are proud to reaffirm our commitment to help homeless people by signing up to the Home­less Friendly Pledge.

Labour executive member for housing and development, Islington Council


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