A UK-based charity group has welcomed the governmentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s announcement that it will put Ã‚Â£100m into eradicating rough sleeping by 2027, however it has warned the money will need to address long term issues.
Housing Justice, who help co-ordinate night shelters for anyone who needs it, said it is good the issue is being addressed by the Conservatives.
Their director, Jacob Quagliozzi, told Premier: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s encouraging to hear the government talking about rough sleeping and homelessness first of all and restating their commitment to doing something about it.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We join in the kind of consensus really from the wider homelessness sector which is that this is on the right trajectory but thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a lot more to do if weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to be serious about doing anything long term.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Quagliozzi praised the fact the plans recognise the complexities of the issue Ã¢â‚¬â€œ that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not simply about providing a roof but working on prevention as well.
Speaking of which issues the government will need to address if they want to prevent homelessness in the first place, he said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no getting away from the fact that the single biggest cause of statutory homelessness in England and Wales is the end of a tenancy in the private rented sector and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got to do something about that.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Partly, that is a reflection of a systemic problem in the UK housing market Ã¢â‚¬â€œ that thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not enough homes that people can afford in a sustainable way so tenancies are ending but also thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a question about how sustainable those tenancies are.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says the GovernmentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s attempt isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t good enough, with the wider party saying the money is a Ã¢â‚¬Å“drop in the oceanÃ¢â‚¬Â.