In 2010 there were 22 homeless households in Coventry, now there is 278, of which 210 are families with children, with a total of 505 children. Labour MP for Coventry North East, Colleen Fletcher, highlighted this statistic in a question to James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government in the House of Commons chamber on June 18th.
Colleen stated the figure presented above and asked: “Why does the Secretary of State think that the number of homeless children has risen so significantly under this Government?”
To which the Secretary of State responded “I hope the hon. Lady will recognise the work that the Government have done and are doing with the commitment of £9 billion for affordable housing. This is partly an issue of supply and ensuring that we have the right number of homes, which is why the Government are taking action, investing and seeking to respond to the challenges of homelessness and, indeed, rough sleeping. I hope that the hon. Lady welcomes the Housing First initiative in the west midlands to tackle rough sleeping and ensure that we really respond to this important issue.”
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