Birmingham MP calls on Government and Birmingham City Council to do more for West Midlands’ homeless

Steve McCabe MP (Birmingham Selly Oak) has learnt that the number of people in the UK made homeless
Figures released yesterday by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), revealed 12,510 people were made homeless over the period of July to September 2011. During the same period in 2010, that figure stood at 11,840; a rise of 6%.
 
Statistics also revealed that the West Midlands had the highest rate of homelessness outside London.
 
The National Housing Federation warned this week of a growing “housing crisis”. Rising rents and a lack of affordable housing have caused the waiting list for social housing to increase by a phenomenal 64% over the last decade.
 
Steve said “The Government’s Housing policies are failing and Osborne’s mismanagement of the economy is making the problem worse.

“The Government are building fewer houses than ever before. We need more affordable housing for homeless families, many of whom are in temporary accommodation and cannot afford to rent privately.
 
“Under our Five Point Plan for the economy, Labour would build 25,000 affordable houses by taxing bankers’ bonuses. If Britain fails to tackle this impending housing crisis, we will be faced with many more homeless families”. 
 
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