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Homelessness: Temporary Accommodation - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:52 pm on 19th December 2017.

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Photo of Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top Labour 2:52 pm, 19th December 2017

My Lords, I am sure the Minister will recognise that some of us are deeply underwhelmed by the ambition to reduce homelessness by only half by 2022. We were able to reduce rough sleeping by two-thirds between 1998 and 2000, and we know what needs to be done. There needs to be proper accommodation for rough sleepers, and he should know every night what is available and how many more rough sleepers there are than beds available. There also needs to be mental health and detox support. This is not unknown territory or a secret. We know how to sort it. Why do the Government not just get on and do it so that people are safer?