Local homelessness figures demand eviction ban extension, Lib Dems warn
The Liberal Democrats in Calder Valley have urged the Government to extend the eviction ban as official figures reveal that 48 of Calderdale families in private rented accommodation were deemed at risk of homelessness.
Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran and Chair of the All-Party Group on Coronavirus warned that Ministers must act now to “stop a devastating surge in homelessness sweeping across the country as we face a potential second wave.”
According to official statistics, 196 households in Calderdale are assessed as being threatened with homelessness, with another 48 assessed as homeless from January to March 2020.
29 of households who were homeless or threatened with homelessness cited the end of a private rented tenancy as the reason for losing their last settled home.
The figures also revealed that 6 households in Calderdale were rough sleeping in January to March 2020.
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson Javed Bashir for Calder Valley said:
“Families in Calderdale must be protected from homelessness. Instead, it seems like the Conservatives are happy to leave people to fend for themselves at a time when jobs are at risk and people are struggling.
“People deserve better. These figures are yet further proof the Government must rethink its heartless decision to resume evictions from 23 August.”
Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran said:
“Thousands of families in the private rented sector were already being threatened with homelessness earlier this year, now they face losing their homes in the middle of a pandemic.
“Ministers must act now to stop a devastating surge in homelessness sweeping across the country as we face a potential second wave.
“The sharp rise in rough sleeping also shows why criminalising rough sleeping through the Vagrancy Act must end. Instead, Ministers should protect emergency funding for local councils to permanently accommodate rough sleepers.”