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Darren calls for reinstatement of homeless budgets

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has joined calls for the government to reinstate annual budget cuts of £1billion made to council homeless services budgets.

Darren said:

“You only need walk around Bristol city centre, or any city centre in the UK, to see the increasing number of street homeless. Rising homelessness is a stain upon our wealthy nation and the government should be ashamed it has continuously cut vital funding to local councils and organisations who can help homeless back into housing, employment/training and access vital health and mental health and welfare support. £1b a year could help tens of thousands of people off the streets.

St Mungo’s (a charity based in Bristol that I have visited) and Homeless Link are absolutely right to call on the government to reinstate funding levels as they were under the last Labour government.

The charities are warning that punishing cuts to council budgets are leaving increasing numbers of people at risk on the streets, and are calling on the Government to act now to make up the funding shortfall – or inevitably face missing its own target of ending rough sleeping by 2027. I wholly support their calls.

You can follow Darren’s work on housing here.