Rough Sleeping

Part of Housing, Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons on 24th February 2020.

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Photo of Toby Perkins Toby Perkins Labour, Chesterfield

In Chesterfield, we have one-bedroom flats available, yet we also have people sleeping rough on the streets. The reason is that the benefits they receive do not cover the rent that they would have to pay for a one-bedroom council flat, so they are unable to take them up. I agree entirely with what the Secretary of State says about the value of hostels, but we could do away with the need for a lot of those if we had a welfare policy that supported people to live in the houses that already exist.