Government must look at structural causes of rough sleeping

Thursday, 19 December 2019 - 4:05pm

Rick Henderson, Chief Executive of Homeless Link responds to today's Queen Speech.

Responding to the pledges in the Queen’s Speech today (19 December 2019) Rick Henderson, Chief Executive of Homeless Link, said:

“The government has pledged to end rough sleeping by the end of this Parliament, and whilst this is a welcome pledge, it is also an ambitious one.  To achieve this, the new government will need to take an approach that recognises the structural causes of rough sleeping, including welfare reform.  We look forward to working with the new government on the delivery of the Rough Sleeping Strategy to ensure that the cross-government approach set out in the Strategy becomes a reality.

“Abolishing the use of ‘no fault’ evictions by removing section 21 of the Housing Act will go some way towards preventing homelessness, alongside the Homelessness Reduction Act.  However, it will be important to recognise the need for investment at local level so that there are both affordable housing solutions and homelessness services available, in order to end homelessness for good.”