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Homelessness isn't inevitable; end the crisis now

Extract from the Birmingham Mail:

According to the latest figures over 100,000 UK children will be homeless this Christmas, including 2,404 here in Birmingham - spending the festive season crammed in the spare rooms of friends and relative, bed and breakfasts or refuges.

There are a further 83 in Sandwell, 126 in Solihull, 100 in Walsall, 66 in Wolverhampton and eight in Dudley. Birmingham is also expecting to see a sharp rise in rough sleeping numbers when official figures are released next month.

Now opposition Labour are calling for swift Government action to boost affordable and social housing and crack down on soaring private rents.

The official figures were revealed just days after rough sleeper Chirac Ionut died on the streets of Birmingham and the threat of a £10 million cut to services for the city’s homeless was announced.

Labour’s West Midlands mayor candidate Sion Simon said: “Homelessness is not an inevitable feature of our society. The decisions made by politicians in London have a direct impact on vulnerable people living on the edge here in the West Midlands. Don’t believe politicians in London telling us that everything possible is being done to resolve the homelessness crisis. It’s not true.”

He said that the new West Midlands mayor, with housing powers handed down from Government next year, has a chance to make a difference in the region.

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