Corbyn Promises 8,000 Homes For Rough Sleepers If He Wins Power
there is something grossly insulting about the idea you would build some luxury block and deliberately keep it empty, Mr Corbyn said.

The Labour leader said his party would immediately purchase 8,000 homes if it came to power and strike a deal with housing associations to make them available to people with a history of sleeping on the streets.

Jeremy Corbyn told BBC’s Andrew Marr that the scale of homelessness in the UK was “disgusting” and “wholly unnecessary” and the current hostel systems made it too hard for people to get off the streets.

“The problem is homeless people, rough sleepers, beg to get money for a night shelter, stay in the night shelter or a hostel.” Mr Corbyn said.

“The problem then is move on accommodation, the problem then is not having an address, without which can’t get a job or claim benefits.”

Mr Corbyn highlighted plans to allow councils to take over properties that have been left “deliberately” empty in order to house people who are on waiting lists around the country.

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Last week, official figures from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government showed there are now around 5,000 people living on the streets around the UK, a 15% rise on the same period in 2016 which marks the highest figure in the eight years rough sleeping.

Labour’s manifesto claimed it will build 100,000 “genuinely affordable” for renting and buying each year.

The Leader insisted Labour would intervene on the housing market in a “number of ways” to help social tenants, private renters and first time buyers.

“We would give local authorities the power to take over deliberately kept empty properties, because there is something grossly insulting about the idea you would build some luxury block and deliberately keep it empty.” Mr Corbyn said.

“Surely we have to have a social objective and a social priority in our society”, he added.

“Let’s look at social priorities here. Many people are homeless, many people are living in overcrowded accommodation, many in middle class families children cannot leave home because they cannot raise a deposit for a private rented flat, have no chance of buying and no chance of a council flat.” Corbyn said.

Shadow housing secretary John Healey also added: “The rising number of people sleeping on the streets and on park benches shames us all. There can be no excuses – we can end it and we must.”

“Homelessness shames us all but should shame Conservative Ministers most. It is direct consequence of decisions made by the Tories on housing, and on funding for charities and councils.”

Mr Healey said under the last Labour government, “years of sustained action cut rough sleeping by three-quarters”, but it has more than doubled since 2010.

“You can’t help the homeless if you don’t provide the homes. A Labour government would put a stop to this national scandal and provide those who need it most with a place to call home.” he added.

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