Housing for the Homeless - Question for Short Debate

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:51 pm on 14th May 2020.

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Photo of Lord Truscott Lord Truscott Non-affiliated 4:51 pm, 14th May 2020

My Lords, the Government could abolish homelessness at a stroke. Since 2011, the cost of HS2 has doubled to £106 billion and is rising. This obscene waste of money and white elephant should be scrapped. For the same money the Government could build 1.7 million social houses and eradicate homelessness once and for all. HS2 will employ 30,000 people, but building almost 2 million homes would employ millions of people—desperately needed employment at this time when Covid-19 will lead to a projected unemployment rate of almost 10%. I say to the Minister, “Scrap HS2, end homelessness, create much-needed jobs and save the environment.”