Thangam Debbonaire – 2020 Comments on Homelessness Statistics

The comments made by Thangam Debbonaire, the Shadow Housing Secretary, on 20 August 2020.

These figures highlight the urgent need to extend the evictions ban, to avoid thousands more people being made homeless in the run up to winter.

Before Covid, we already had devastatingly high numbers in temporary accommodation as a direct result of 10 years of Conservative government, whose policies have pushed people into poverty.

The Government have known for months that an evictions crisis is looming. Not for the first time, it has been too slow to take action and we’re now facing a potential disaster if the ban is lifted with no plan for what comes next.