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Crisis welcomes election pledges to end rough sleeping

A commitment by all three main political parties to end rough sleeping has been welcomed as “significant progress” by the homelessness charity Crisis.

With the publication of its election manifesto today, the Conservative Party has followed suit with Labour and the Liberal Democrats in making manifesto pledges to end rough sleeping.

Today, Conservative leader Theresa May pledged to halve rough sleeping over the course of the parliament, eliminating it altogether by 2027, through a homelessness reduction taskforce. She also vowed to pilot a Housing First approach to tackle rough sleeping.

Earlier this week Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn pledged to set out a national plan to end rough sleeping within the next five years, starting by making available 4,000 additional homes reserved for people with a history of rough sleeping.

Meanwhile, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron vowed to “end the scandal of rough sleeping” by increasing support for homelessness prevention and funding age-appropriate emergency accommodation and supported housing. He also pledged to ensure all local authorities have at least one provider of the Housing First model of provision for long-term, entrenched homeless people.

“These manifesto pledges are hugely significant and show that ending rough sleeping is starting to become a real priority for politicians,” said Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis.

"Having a stable place to call home is fundamental to the life chances of us all, and Housing First offers that opportunity to those who need it most. Wherever Housing First has been adopted at scale it has achieved successful results in tackling homelessness, with high tenancy sustainment rates and improved health and wellbeing outcomes. The arguments for adopting this approach as national policy in the UK are now too compelling to ignore.

“We have seen terrific support for ending homelessness across all political parties this year as the Homelessness Reduction Act passed into law. But further action can’t come soon enough. At a time when the number of people sleeping on our streets continues to rise at an alarming rate, we are committed to working with the next government to push for an end to rough sleeping.”

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has also welcomed this latest pledge on rough sleeping from the Conservatives, but warned that welfare policies must obstruct housing policies designed to make sure people can access a decent home at a price they can afford.

In the wake of the manifesto launch earlier today, Terrie Alafat CBE, the CIH’s chief executive said: “It’s encouraging to see the commitment to help housing associations increase their specialist housing stock for older people. We would like to see more details of this pledge as current plans to extend the Local Housing Allowance to supported housing will have the opposite effect, putting housing for elderly and vulnerable people at risk.”

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