Homelessness is a complex and often hidden issue – rough sleeping is often the tip of the iceberg and a measure of last resort for many in our communities. Sadly, this last resort has become more and more prevalent with a 165% increase since 2010.
In their election manifesto, the Government committed to eliminate rough sleeping by the end of this parliament – potentially 2024 or 2025. This commitment is very welcome, and even more ambitious than their previous commitment to end rough sleeping by 2027.
But if we are to see this ambition realised then they must act and act swiftly. Ending rough sleeping by the end of this parliament is ambitious, but it can be done. The Government must supercharge their efforts now if we are to achieve this.
The Salvation Army stands ready to work with the Government to put into place a roadmap that will end rough sleeping and restore the life chances for those trapped in its cycle – but there is simply no time to waste.
We need your help to make sure that this priority doesn’t fall off the Government’s priorities list. If Ministers get considerable representations from MPs, this will encourage them to focus on delivering on their policy commitment. MPs are always influenced by people such as yourself who live and work within their constituencies.
Contacting your MP will just takes a couple of minutes, but will make sure this really important issue stays on their lists of priorities.
What will have the greatest impact is if you are able to share, in your own words, why this is such an important issue for you and your community in your email. We've created the space to do so, so please do take a moment to do this – it can make all the difference!
If you have any queries then please email us CountMeIn@SalvationArmy.org.uk
Thank you in advance for your support.