Election Candidates urged to back pledges on homelessness

A North-East think-tank is calling on parliamentary candidates to support a series of pledges to tackle the region’s homelessness crisis.

Research by the North East Homelessness Think Tank (NEHTT) has shown that many more people are at risk of homelessness today than at the time of the last general election in 2010, and that the numbers of people falling victim to homelessness are rising.

These trends are particularly worrying because of recent changes to housing and welfare policies and potential plans for further cuts to public spending.

NEHTT, of which Northumbria University is a founding member, is asking candidates to sign up to its charter to support specific action by the next Government.

NEHTT is a regional group comprising academics, researchers and policy officers.

Key partners include Northumbria University, Youth Homeless North East, Homeless Link, Shelter, Barnardo’s, Northern Housing Consortium, Changing Lives, IPPR North, Oasis Aquila Housing and the NE Regional Homelessness Group, as well as independent specialists.

The pledges are:

*Appropriate housing with adequate support services will be provided for vulnerable people making access to sufficient social housing a priority.

*Housing benefit will be retained for under 25s

*It will be compulsory to find settled accommodation for offenders leaving prison or who are homeless within the community.

*All houses in multiple occupation and B&Bs which cater for homeless people will be inspected and must provide good quality facilities.

The statutory definition of homelessness will be improved by ensuring that all forms of homelessness – rough sleeping, those in temporary accommodation and ‘sofa surfers’ – are officially recorded.

 Adele Irving, research fellow at Northumbria University and one of the founding members of NEHTT said: “We believe that it is vitally important that policymakers not only recognise and take action to address homelessness, but actively campaign and work towards achieving long-term change in the law around homelessness.
 “The charter is a series of pledges which we hope candidates elected on May 7 will support in the next parliament.

“The pledges are based on the knowledge we have, from a wide range of research evidence, about what would make a real difference to address the key issues encountered by many homeless people, and in particular about homelessness amongst single people and under-25s.”

So far, signatories include four Labour candidates and six Green candidates. Further support has also come from two Labour front bench MPs, and two Conservative candidates.

Source – Northern Echo, 10 Apr 2015

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2 comments

  1. Chris

    Perhaps these people concerned with rough sleeping and homelessness …Key partners include Northumbria University, Youth Homeless North East, Homeless Link, Shelter, Barnardo’s, Northern Housing Consortium, Changing Lives, IPPR North, Oasis Aquila Housing and the NE Regional Homelessness Group, as well as independent specialists. …

    Might add their pencil cross against a different party’s box on Thursday 7 May and ensure a majority anti austerity UK government of a group of parties, that is the sole way of gaining a secure government this year.

    NO SUCH THING AS A SMALL PARTY
    THE 75 PER CENT POOR WILL NOT VOTE ANY PARTY
    UNLESS THEY KNOW ABOUT THE TRUE ANTI AUSTERITY PARTIES

    TUSC (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) are the sacked members of the Labour party because they ALWAYS voted against austerity cuts.

    CLASS WAR
    Double dole and pension
    Standing shoulder to shoulder on the streets with the social housing tenants protesting eviction.

    LABOUR CANNOT WIN ALONE
    Voting for them will not put Labour out of power. Sole way for Labour to be within a group of parties ruling UK parliament, as will only have about 190 Labour MPs after SNP win in Scotland, who are paying council tax support and bedroom tax of the poor Scots.

    NORTH VOTE DIFFERENT ON THURSDAY 7 MAY
    http://www.anastasia-england.me.uk

    Darlington,
    VOTE TUSC Alan Docherty

    16,891 Labour win in 2010

    25,272 did not vote in 2010

    10,046 votes wasted on Lib Dems

    13,503 votes wasted on Tories

    Jarrow,
    VOTE TUSC Norman Hall

    20,910 Labour win in 2010

    25,566 did not vote in 2010

    7,163 votes wasted on Lib Dems

    8,002 votes wasted on Tories

    Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland,
    VOTE CLASS WAR Mark Chadburn

    18,138 voters Labour win in 2010

    26,452 did not vote in 2010

    7,340 votes wasted in Lob Dems

    16,461 votes wasted on Tories

    Newcastle East,
    TUSC Paul Phillips

    Voter turnout about 59 per cent.

    North Tyneside
    TUSC Tim Wall

    23,505 Labour win in 2010

    31,285 did not vote

    10,621 votes wasted in Lib Dems

    8,514 votes wasted on Tories

    LEAST VOTERS IN 2010 THAN WHEN MILLIONS OF MEN HAD DIED IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR

    The Electoral Commission said 2010 was the third lowest figure since universal male suffrage began in 1918 (women had not got the vote properly til between the wars).

    PARTIES OF THE POOR OF THE LEFT
    ONLY WAY TO REDUCE TORIES AND LIB DEMS MPs
    INTO A MINORITY OPPOSITION

    Without votes for the true anti austerity parties, especially in England Tory and Lib Dem MP seats, we get a caretaker Tory UK government that could just sit in power for another 5 years, even without winning.

    No big party won in 2010. All big parties ‘won’ in voting areas where the bulk of voters did not vote.

    http://www.anastasia-england.me.uk

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