Theresa May Accused Of Underplaying The Plight Of 2,500 Homeless Children
The Prime Minister has suggested that people shouldn’t worry about 2,500 homeless children of this Christmas since not all of them will really be sleeping on the streets.

Labour London MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan told the House of Commons today how thousands of youngsters will not have a proper home to wake up to on Christmas morning. The labour said the PM has failed in her commitment to halt the rise of child poverty.

Mrs Allin-Khan told the House of Commons: “In 2009 the Prime Minister said it was a tragedy that the number of children falling into the poverty cycle was continuing to rise.

She asked: “When will this austerity-driven government say ‘enough is enough’ and put an end to this tragedy?”

Mrs May insisted the government had taken hundreds of thousands of children out of absolute poverty while the figures show there were 4 million children living in poverty in the UK in 2015-16 which equates to 30%. She repeated the misleading statistics in a bid to defend her party’s record on homelessness.

Mrs May accused the Labour MP of misleading the public because those children would not be sleeping rough on the streets – despite not having a proper and safe home to sleep in.

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The PM said: “She talks of 2,500 children waking up homeless on Christmas Day, anyone hearing that will think it means 2,500 children sleeping on our streets. It does not mean that.

“As we all know families with children who are accepted as homeless will be provided with accommodation.”

Mrs May claimed the statutory homelessness is at a lower level now than it was for “most of the last Labour government.”

Since 2010, when the coalition took power, the number of statutory homeless has increased every year – from 10,100 in April-June 2010 to 14,400 in the same period of 2017.

“Statutory homelessness” only covers people found to be both unintentionally homeless and in priority need.

It is not the full picture of homelessness, and other official statistics are a lot less rosy for the Tory government.

There were 78,180 households in temporary accommodation on 30 June 2017 – up an eye-watering 63% since the low of 48,010 on 31 December 2010.

On top of all that, a snapshot measure by the government shows England had 4,134 rough sleepers in autumn 2016 – more than double the 1,768 in 2010 and up every single year.

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