Shocking rise in homelessness across the South East

Euro MP Peter Skinner has expressed his shock at new figures which show the number of people sleeping rough in the South East of England has increased by 39% – way ahead of the national trend.

 

Figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government show rough sleeping across England in 2011 has increased by 23% from 1,768 to 2,181. Of that total 430 of are in the South East; the second highest regional figure in the country. The North East had the lowest figure with just 32 rough sleepers.

 

South East MEP Peter Skinner said:
“It’s terrible that people should have to face cold nights out on the street at all. It’s a scandal that in today’s society the number facing that reality is increasing.

“In Opposition, the Prime Minister said homelessness and rough sleeping was a disgrace, his Housing Minister said it was what got him into politics. But the harsh reality of Cameron’s Britain is that homelessness and rough sleeping are on the rise and the South East seems particularly badly affected.”

“Warnings that policies would push up homelessness and rough sleeping fell on deaf ears. Governments will always be judged on how they treat the most vulnerable people in society. What we are seeing now is a direct result of this Government’s failure.”

 

ENDS

Editor’s notes:

1. Latest England rough sleeping statistics produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government were released on Thursday 23 February 2012.  -
http://www.communities.gov.uk/corporate/researchandstatistics/statistics/

Region Autumn 20105

Autumn 2011

 

Change

   

 

 

Number

%

North East

49

                    32

-17

-34.7

North West

100

                  149

49

49.0

Yorkshire and the Humber

115

                  150

35

30.4

East Midlands

121

                  188

67

55.4

West Midlands

182

                  207

25

13.7

East of England

206

                  242

36

17.5

London

415

                  446

31

7.5

South East

310

                  430

120

38.7

South West

270

                  337

67

24.8

England

1,768

                 2,181 

413

23.4

2. David Cameron said in May 2008: “I’m proud to be standing here today … because it is the Conservative party who is taking the lead in the fight against homelessness.

“I think that it is simply a disgrace that in the fifth biggest economy in the world that we have people homeless, people sleeping on the streets, sofa-surfers, people in hospitals. I think it is a disgrace.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2008/may/15/welfare

3. Grant Shapps said in an Communities and Local Government Press Release in August 2011:

“Tackling homelessness and rough sleeping is what first got me into politics.”
http://www.communities.gov.uk/issuesandresponses/newsroom/1975569

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>