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Who said homeless people were what you stepped over, on your way to the opera?

Ah yes, it was Sir George Young, formerly the Conservative Party’s Chief Whip (not to be confused with Lord Young, mentioned in the article excerpt below).

His attitude epitomises Tory carelessness about those who don’t have a place to live, even though it has been proved that finding a home for such people is cheaper on the state than leaving them to fend for themselves.

But then, we all knew the Tories don’t want to help people. They want to feel superior.

Who can imagine the thrill of superiority that rushed through the Tories and their supporters when a homeless man actually died during the recent cold snap?

Arguments that homelessness is due to immigration are, of course, nonsense. Houses aren’t rationed because foreign people are taking them; they are rationed because this keeps prices artificially inflated and provides nice profits for Tory landlords (many of whom, it seems, have Parliamentary seats).

So don’t expect the Conservative Government to jump at any initiatives to end homelessness. They like putting people on the streets.

Ahead of an opposition day debate … on homelessness, Labour pledged to double the number of homes ringfenced for rough sleepers and expand the Clearing House scheme run by St Mungo’s charity for the Greater London Authority.

The scheme, set up by then Tory housing minister Lord Young in 1991, provides 3,750 flats in 40 housing associations across London for homeless people.

Labour said in government it would extend this to cities like Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool and Manchester, and create 4,000 permanent new reserved flats or houses for rough sleepers, let at affordable rents to British nationals or others eligible for social housing.

The party called on Theresa May to back the scheme by striking a deal with housing associations to make the homes available now and by funding replacements.

Source: Labour calls on Theresa May to end ‘national shame’ of rough sleepers | Left Foot Forward

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