Labour’s Thangam Debbonaire has accused the government of “turning its back on rough sleepers” and criticised the Tories over the lack of support being given to homeless people in England’s second national lockdown.
Responding to an urgent question tabled by Labour in parliament this afternoon, minister for rough sleeping and housing Kelly Tolhurst told MPs that the government is not repeating its ‘Everyone In’ programme pursued in March.
The policy saw the government allocate £3.2m for local authorities and charities to expand the provision of emergency hotel and hostel accommodation for rough sleepers during the first wave of coronavirus cases earlier this year.
Commenting on the challenges facing those currently without a home, Debbonaire said: “This winter will be colder and potentially more dangerous than the first lockdown, with nowhere near the same protection for people sleeping rough.
The Shadow Housing Secretary added: “It is disgraceful that the government is turning its back on rough sleepers at a time when they need the most help.”