Almost 320,000 people will be homeless this Christmas because of the housing crisis. There’s one in 200 people that are living in makeshift accommodation, hostels or sleeping rough, and the amount of homeless has increased by 13,000 last year to 319,837.
This includes 294,952 people in emergency accommodation or B&Bs, 5,096 rough sleepers, 14,867 in hostels and 4,922 in rooms offered by social services. London is the worst with one person in 52 (170,000) identified as homeless. In Brighton, it’s one in 67, Birmingham one in 73 and Manchester one in 135.
The amount sleeping rough has more than doubled since the Tories came to power in 2010 when there were 1,768 people living on the streets. But earlier this year the Government announced it was spending £100 million to tackle the problem.
But half had already been committed to tackling rough sleeping and homelessness, with the rest “reprioritisation” within existing budgets.
We urgently need action now.
The charity highlighted the case of Telli Afrik, who had a job but could not afford his private rent. He sleeps in one room in a hostel with wife Janet and children, Bridgit, three, and Beatrice, five, in Waltham Forest, East London, and his family are at breaking point.
Communities Secretary James Brokenshire stated: “We are determined to respond to the causes of homelessness.”
Welcome to Theresa May’s Dickensian England as we fall further into the trenches of purgatory, dragged there by this vile shameful Tory government who couldn’t care less as long as they hold on to power.
The Tories are hate machines which just rolls on, creating suffering and death in its wake, and there’s no way to support this deliberate Tory policy that enforces poverty, and then there are the Tory voters that are so full of hatred that they will go mad if you criticise the Tory party.
But the Tories housing policy is to make more people homeless and to target the poor, the sick, the dying and the disabled as they can’t argue back against the Tory bullies, and with things as they’re going, they’ll be housing the sick, the dying and the disabled in workhouses several years down the line, if Tory voters let them get away with it.
Welcome to Theresa May’s Tory Britain where the streets are paved with homeless people, even entire families while Theresa May’s Tory government continue to be propped up.
So, it’s a Merry Christmas from your wicked Tory party, but don’t worry, you’ll be able to get a food bank parcel, don’t worry, your accommodation is only temporary, a hostel with a family of five living in it, and then when they do get permanent housing, if they ever do, the government will sort them out a nice Universal Credit package that might take around 5 weeks to sort out.
Welcome to the Tory party factory where they tell you that they want to support their citizens and that they genuinely care about you, but what they’ve really done is cause heartbreak, and it all started off with Margaret Thatcher selling off council homes.
Many of those local authority houses were sold for a pittance and finished up in private landlords hands. Now housing benefit doesn’t come back to the council and not enough homes are built, so housing is beyond peoples reach.
It should make you laugh because now we have the Tories addressing the homelessness problem that they created in the first place, you really couldn’t make this stuff up.
The Tories are always discussing the problem of homelessness, that they created and are in denial of, and in a civilised nation, solving the dilemma should be at the pinnacle of their priorities, whichever party are in government.
But do you really think they’ll consider all those homeless people this Christmas when they’re eating their Turkey and sipping champagne in front of the fireplace?
It’s really disheartening to see people homeless particularly at Christmas, but at any time it’s sad, but of course, our government don’t give a damn, and I honestly don’t believe anybody imagined the suffering that such a ruthless assortment of dictators could force on people with their neverending austerity policies.