We call on Labour to pledge to end homelessness

A joint letter to the Guardian

A year ago, we launched LCEH to ask the Labour Party to include, in its next manifesto, a pledge to end homelessness – something it has never before done. This is not a pipe dream. Leading homelessness charities such as Crisis and Shelter believe that we can end homelessness too. Yet we believe also that only the Labour Party can deliver on this in government.

Under the last Labour government, homelessness fell substantially, but it was not eradicated. Moreover, homelessness under the Tories is soaring, with rough sleeping in London now more than twice what it was in 2010, according to DCLG statistics.

So far, we have been grateful for the support of many Labour politicians, including James Murray (Deputy Mayor of London for Housing), and our patrons, Teresa Pearce MP (Shadow Minister for Housing) and Tom Copley AM (Labour housing spokesman, GLA). However, we now want Labour to make formal its support for our aim of ending homelessness.

To make a Labour pledge to end homelessness real, we ask the Party to consider five key policies which will go towards eradicating homelessness. We also ask that the next Labour government enacts these policies in the order set out below:

  1. A government-led national structure involving all of the major organisations, including statutory and community sector organisations, dedicated to ending homelessness.
  2. Implement more efficient preventative measures and early intervention programs to stop homelessness becoming entrenched and end the cycle.
  3. Create a more effective registration system and information database of rough sleepers and hidden homeless to begin the process of rehousing.
  4. Enshrine the right to a home for everyone and begin the process of rehousing all of the UK’s homeless population, including those with complex needs.
  5. Launch a substantial and sustainable programme of public and social house building.

These are times of huge upheaval for our country and we believe Labour is best placed to unite the nation. Radical, socialist solutions are needed urgently to address homelessness and all of the ugly manifestations of grotesque inequality in this country.

In the words of Aneurin Bevan, spoken on the eve of the 1945 General Election: “We have been the dreamers. We have been the sufferers. Now we are the builders.”

Signed:

Cllr Sam Stopp, Chair – The Labour Campaign to End Homelessness

Ryan Maynes, Head of Policy – The Labour Campaign to End Homelessness

Rebecca Wilson, National Outreach Coordinator – The Labour Campaign to End Homelessness

Philip Freeman, Campaigns Coordinator – The Labour Campaign to End Homelessness

Alex Angelakis, Communications Officer – The Labour Campaign to End Homelessness

Martin Smith, National Organiser – GMB

David Hamblin, Chair – GMB Young Members Network

Pauline Ludwinski, GMB London

Wes Streeting MP

Jess Phillips MP

Tulip Siddiq MP

Jeff Smith MP

Ben Bradshaw MP

Ivan Lewis MP

Ian Lavery MP

Jonathan Ashworth MP

Tom Copley AM

Florence Eshalomi AM

Nicky Gavron AM

Navin Shah AM

Martin Edobor, Chair – Young Fabians

Benjamin Butterworth, Chair – London Young Labour

James Bloodworth, Mitcham and Morden CLP

Richard Angell, Director, Progress

Rachael Harris, National Committee Member – Momentum

Luke Akehurst, Oxford East CLP

Cllr Warren Morgan, Leader – Brighton and Hove City Council

Cllr Phillip Glanville, Deputy Mayor – London Borough of Hackney

Rachel Megan Barker, Women’s Officer – Hendon CLP

Anna Phillips, Youth Officer, Croydon South CLP and Secretary, London Young Labour

Georgia Power, Chair – Nottingham South CLP

Cllr Matt Strong, Manchester Withington CLP

Marian Craig, Renfrewshire South CLP

Jack Phipps, Brent North CLP and London Young Labour Campaigns and Membership Officer

Cameron Bevan-King, Vice-Chair – West Midlands Young Fabians

Mo Ahmed, Stretford and Urmston CLP, Young BAME Labour

Maria Finnerty, West Ham CLP and Welfare Officer for London Young Labour

Cllr Paul Wilkinson, Chair – Gedling CLP

Luke John Davies, Secretary – Birmingham Fabian Society

Adam Wisdish, Sheffield Hallam CLP

Abena Oppong-Asare, Erith and Thamesmead CLP

Jack Cornish, Lewisham Deptford CLP

Cllr Keith Bobbin, South Basildon and East Thurrock CLP

Danny Filer, Dulwich and West Norwood CLP, UCLU Labour President

Cllr Joe Rayment, Deputy Leader – Bath Labour

Cllr Lloyd Duddrige, Ilford North CLP

Alex Cheney, Beckenham CLP

Cllr Sarah Russell, Vice-Chair – Derby North CLP

Rebecca Winson, Basingstoke CLP

Felix Preson, Youth Officer – Braintree CLP

Rose Grayston, Interim Secretary – Open Labour, and Croydon Central CLP member

Samuel Pritchard – National Young Labour Committee, and member of Labour’s National Policy Forum

Joseph Whitley. Mid Derbyshire CLP

Adele Douglas, Vice-Chair, Manchester Central CLP

Tom Leach, Gloucester CLP

Tom Leach, ward representative, Gloucester CLP

David Meller, Stockport CLP.

Jack Reason, Rochford and Southend East CLP

Rob Durdin, Ealing Central and Acton CLP

Richard Lowe, Alyn & Deeside CLP

Alex Higgins, Branch Secretary, Hillrise Ward, Islington North CLP

Sam Johnson, Stockport CLP, Secretary UCLan Labour Club

Jonathan Goggs, Hampstead and Kilburn CLP

Nicky Stubbs, Bath CLP

Robin Wilde, Sheffield Hallam CLP

Linda Burnip Stratford-on-Avon CLP

Claire Waters, Sutton and Merton CLP

Cllr Jumbo Chan, Brent Central CLP

Cllr Lisa Barnes, Brightside & Hillsborough CLP

Michael Oatway, Vice-Chair – Leicester Labour Students

Ben Symak, Birmingham Selly Oak CLP

Liam McCafferty, Torfaen CLP

Dr. John Lapage, Southampton Itchen CLP

Cllr David Sedgwick, Denton and Reddish CLP

Lily Jayne Summers, Swansea West

Cllr Dr Aysha Raza, Ealing North CLP

James Jacobs, Broxtowe CLP

Cllr Vikki Singleton, Blackpool North & Cleveleys CLP

James West, Secretary Derby South CLP

David Howell, Chelmsford CLP

Paige Collings, Chesterfield CLP

Tom Snape, Chair – Keele Labour Students

Mark Jackson, Chair – Brighton Kemptown & Peacehaven CLP

Jack Galea, Bromley and Chislehurst CLP

Dr Damian Mather, Bury North CLP

Cllr Chris Wills, Chair – LGBT Labour North West

Tom Campbell, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr CLP

Rob Wilkinson, Pudsey CLP

Yvonne Hartlebury, Preston CLP

Lewis Addlington-Lee, Campaigns Officer – Birmingham University Labour Students

Hannah O’Rourke, Vauxhall CLP

Andrew Moir, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton CLP

Jeremy M T Sutcliffe – Chair – Oldham Co-Operative Party

Cllr Matt Ward – Aldridge-Brownhills CLP

Stephen Naulls – Cleethorpes CLP Youth Officer

Cllr Dom Anderson, Derby North CLP

Umaar Kazmi, Rushcliffe CLP

Ben Ramsdale – Liverpool Wavertree CLP

Gareth Gough, Campaigns Assistant – Bristol West CLP

Emily Walker, Wentworth & Dearne CLP

Joshua Tuck, Yeovil CLP

Cllr Alice Smart, Leeds Central CLP

George Aylett, North East Somerset CLP and Young Labour National Committee

Yue Ting Cheng, Committee Member – Open Labour

David Menon, Blackpool South CLP

Jamie Rodney, Youth and Students Officer – Eastwood CLP

Lydia Okoibhole, Internal Campaigns and BAME Liberation Officer – Leeds Labour

Charlotte Nichols, Vice-Chair Campaigns – Young Labour National Committee

Cllr Lee Scordis, Colchester CLP

Cllr Jonathan Pryor – Leeds North West CLP

James Wood, Ealing Central & Acton CLP

Rob Vernon, Youth Officer – Macclesfield CLP

Matthew Felgate, Secretary – South West Surrey Labour

Dominic Breen, Youth Officer – Finchley and Golders Green CLP

Luke Bassett, Vice-Chair – Sheffield Young Labour

Derek Auld, East Lothian CLP

Nathan Oswin, Membership officer – Leicester South CLP

Josef Zolna, Social Action Officer – Exeter Labour Students

Ben Procter – Vice-Chair, Eastwood CLP

Cllr Lorna Russell, Hampstead and Kilburn CLP

Ben Wesson, Warwick & Leamington CLP

Jon Proctor, North Tyneside CLP

Beccie Ions – GMB Young Members Secretary, Dewsbury CLP

Lauren Louise Day-Cooper, Birmingham Sellyoak CLP

Jenny Eckersley, Berwick on Tweed CLP

Chris Ward, Gedling CLP

Cllr Adam Harrison, Holborn and St Pancras CLP

Andrew Mitchell, Wallasey CLP

Jen Davis, BAME Officer – Greenwich and Woolwich CLP

Jenny Eckersley, Berwick on Tweed CLP

Tom Hinchcliffe, Campaign Coordinator – Leeds East CLP

Chris Williams, Mansfield CLP

Jon-Connor Lyons, Manchester Central CLP

Gill Williams, Renfrewshire South CLP

Stephen Harper, Garston and Halewood CLP

Zach Evans, Newport East CLP

Samuel Marlow-Stevens, Bath CLP

Cllr Katherine Dunne, Brentford and Isleworth CLP

Cllr James Beckles, West Ham CLP

James McAsh, Camberwell and Peckham CLP

Thom Kirkwood, Hampstead and Kilburn CLP

Honor Cohen, Co-Chair – LGBT+ Labour

Jos Bell, Chair – Socialist Health Association London

Cllr Joshua Fenton-Glynn, Calder Valley CLP

Cllr Mike Rowley – Cabinet Member for Housing, Oxford City Council

Peter Cruickshank, Oldham East and Saddleworth CLP

Cllr Adam Wilkinson, Halifax CLP

Jo Rust, former prospective parliamentary candidate – West Norfolk CLP

Charlie Garnett, Battersea CLP

David Scane, Dulwich and Norwood CLP

Cllr Darren Paffey, Southampton Itchen CLP

Ian Saville, Brent Central CLP

Cllr Richard Price, Rother Valley CLP

Lisa Bloor, Hyndburn CLP

Cllr Stephen Lambert, Newcastle Central CLP

Amy Jeffrey, Morley & Outwood CLP

Cllr Bernard Collier, Brent Central CLP

Cllr Matt Kelcher, Brent North CLP

Sabrina Huck, Young Labour National Committee

Liam Benjamin Preston, former prospective parliamentary candidate – Brentwood and Ongar

Cllr Jools Heselwood, Leeds City Council

Michaela Vyse Leeds Central CLP

Zoë Kemp JLM – Jewish Labour Movement

Matthew Goddin, Secretary – Ilford North CLP

Alexander Adranghi, Former Young Fabian National Chair

Hugo Sugg, Worcester CLP

Cllr Michael Pavey, Brent North CLP

Cllr Shama Tatler, Brent North CLP

Cllr Nigel Haselden, London Borough of Lambeth

Karen Alcock, Chipping Barnet CLP

Cllr Mili Patel, Brent North CLP

Ben Gartside, Manchester Withington CLP

Cllr Suzannah Reeves, Manchester Withington CLP

Emma Clifford, Gloucester CLP

Abdiwali Duale, Ealing North CLP

Cllr Garry Bridges, Manchester Withington CLP

Sean Kelly-Walsh, Leicester South CLP

Cllr Neil Nerva, Hampstead and Kilburn CLP

Cllr Jon Burke – Hackney North & Stoke Newington CLP

Cllr Christopher Wellbelove, London Borough of Lambeth

Cllr Julie Reid, Gorton CLP

Cllr Tom Miller, Brent Central CLP

Ursie Downes, Islington North CLP

Ian Kugler, Croydon South CLP

Cllr Paul Gadsby, Chief Whip – Lambeth Labour Group

Cllr Edward Davie, Chair – Lambeth Council Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Cllr Matthew Bennett – Cabinet Member for Housing, London Borough of Lambeth

Cllr Malcolm Clark – London Borough of Lambeth

Cllr Kacl Holborn, Dulwich and West Norward CLP

Cllr Rezina Chowdhury, Chair – Lambeth Labour Group

Cllr Fred Corwell, London Borough of Lambeth

Cllr Joanne Simpson, London Borough of Lambeth

Cllr Richard Cotton, Holborn & St Pancras CLP

Cllr Vaila McClure, London Borough of Lambeth

Rosie Sourbut, Youth Officer – Bath CLP

Laura Wright – Withington CLP

Lynn Morris, Canterbury CLP

Hannah Lyons-Singer, Hornsey and Wood Green CLP

Sam Hussain, Middlesbrough CLP

Catherine Whaley, Islington South CLP

Matthew Hurst, Kingston and Surbiton CLP

June Neilson, Ayr CLP

Kathy Baguley, East Worthing and Shoreham CLP

Adrian Hindle, North East Derbyshire CLP

Cllr Dr Paul Harvey, Leader – Basingstoke Labour Group

Kathy Baguley, East Worthing and Shoreham CLP

Stuart Brown, South West Hertfordshire CLP

Cllr Michael Borio, London Borough of Harrow

Jack Sutcliffe, Vauxhall CLP

James Doran, Darlington CLP

Alex Shaw, Jarrow CLP

Cllr Joe Ferreira, Erith and Thamesmead CLP

Cllr Luke Murphy, London Borough of Lambeth

Omar Raji, Hornsey and Wood Green CLP

Susannah Bain, Islington North CLP

Nazza Ahmed, Maldon CLP

Akif Ramen, West Ham CLP

Vanessa O’Driscoll, Bristol North West CLP

Mark Crawford, Islington South CLP

Kate Stevenson, Charnwood CLP

Barry Young, Dulwich and West Norwood

James Insch, Cotswolds CLP

Cllr Stephen Morgan, Portsmouth City Council

Lindsay Melia, Walton CLP

Cllr Vince Maple, Leader of the Meadway Labour Group

Cllr Naushabah Khan, Gillingham and Rainham CLP

Cllr Alan Hall, Lewisham Borough Council

Jerry Weber, Chair – Warwick and Leamington CLP

Linda Gamston, Rotherham CLP

Cllr Alan Hall, Lewisham Council

Cllr Jonathan Slater, Lewisham Council

Emilie Ancelin, Runneymede and Weybridge CLP

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