Emma has called on the government to do more to end rough sleeping and has welcomed a debate in parliament secured today (7 February) by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ending Homelessness.

Emma said, “As a vice-chair of the APPG on Ending Homelessness, I welcome the debate secured by the chair of the APPG, my colleague Neil Coyle MP on rough sleeping. This debate today will help to raise pressure on the government to end the sharp rise in rough sleeping and homelessness since 2010.

“The government may have committed to ending rough sleeping by 2027 but it needs to turn these warm words into action. In the West Midlands I am alarmed that the trend is going in the other direction. It is unacceptable that official figures released last month showed there were 420 people sleeping on the streets of the West Midlands on one night in November 2018, up 42 per cent on the previous year.

“Nine years of austerity has stripped support services for addiction and mental health to the bone, and left people at risk of homelessness without the support they need.

“If the government wants to meet its own target, and get people off our streets and into secure accommodation, it needs to invest more money.

“Across the UK 4,677 people across the country will be sleeping on the streets tonight. That is 4,677 too many.”