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Corbyn vows 8000 homes for the homeless

Corbyn vows 8000 homes for the homeless Corbyn vows 8000 homes for the homeless
Bennie Garza | 30 January, 2018, 01:02

Levels of homelessness in the United Kingdom were "disgraceful" and "wholly unnecessary", said Corbyn.

Britain's opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said a Labour government would immediately buy thousands of properties for homeless people in a move to tackle soaring levels of rough sleeping. Corbyn said the party will also buy up 8,000 houses for the homeless if it were to get into power.

"Part of it is to do with the complexity of the people who often end up sleeping rough".

A Labor Party spokesperson later told the BBC that the housing units would be purchased by "immediately striking a deal" rather than compulsory selling. In exchange they would be given the cash to build a replacement home.

Mr Corbyn added: "There is something grossly insulting about the idea you would build a luxury block. deliberately keep it empty knowing that with property price inflation, the investor is going to make 10% or 12% a year. maybe a bit less but they are going to make a fair amount out of it".

"Well, hang on, let's look at the social priorities here".

Labour says they would work with charities and outreach workers to identify rough sleepers and offer them accommodation "as quickly as possible" and tenancies could be modelled on schemes already in place - such as the "clearing house" scheme operated by the St Mungo's charity in London.

Jeremy Corbyn wants to reclaim luxury property from owners that is left "deliberately" empty to help solve the nation's housing crisis.

According to The Guardian, homelessness in Britain has increased six years in a row, bringing the total number of people sleeping on the streets to 4,751 last fall.

He said homeless people "beg to get money for a night shelter, stay in the night shelter or a hostel", according to The Telegraph.

Also appearing on The Andrew Marr Show, David Lidington, the Cabinet Office minister, said homelessness had risen for several reasons. "We have pledged to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and eliminate it by 2027", he said.

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