May claims ‘decline’ in roughsleeping figures in final PMQs

Outgoing PM cites the Homelessness Reduction Act as “having an impact”.

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In her final hours as Prime Minister, Theresa May has said that roughsleeping figures have “seen a decrease”.

During today’s (24th July) PMQs, May references the Conservatives’ 2017 Manifesto in which pledges to halve rough sleeping figures by 2022 are outlined.

“I am pleased to say that in the last year, we have seen rough sleeping figures decreasing, particularly in those areas that this government has been taking action,” said May.

In a swift response, Corbyn questioned the source of the figures in which the former Conservative leader referenced, adding that during his time on the ‘frontline’, this had not been the case.

As reported by 24housing, eight families are now accepted as homeless by their local council for every one new social home built in England.

The government’s own figures also revealed that 42,810 families were accepted as homeless in England last year – 117 families every day.

Yesterday, the news broke that Boris Johnson had won the Conservative leadership race to succeed Theresa May as prime minister.

With the news comes a probable government reshuffle, with James Brokenshire and Michael Gove tipped to job swap and Kit Malthouse poised for a cabinet position.

Former housing minister Alok Sharma has also been touted for a role in Johnson’s new cabinet.

As reported, housing has strong links into Downing Street and the new administration, with Sir Edward Lister favourite to become chief of staff.

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