Caroline Pidgeon pledges to address homelessness in her manifesto for Mayor of London

Wednesday, 6 April 2016 - 3:41pm

The Liberal Democrat’s Caroline Pidgeon’s has become the latest candidate to publish her manifesto for the Mayor of London election.

As a member of the Lead London Home campaign, Homeless Link is pleased to see a number of pledges to address homelessness and rough sleeping in the manifesto.

These pledges include:

  • Encouraging landlords to offer longer minimum (at least two years) tenancies, especially those landlords being used to discharge councils’ homeless rehousing duties
  • Working with landlords and the voluntary sector to ensure rough sleepers don’t just have a bed for the night but a pathway into secure housing, new skills and a permanent job, so ending the scourge of homelessness in our capital city
  • Combatting homelessness by expanding the pilot ‘No first night out’ project, use TfL advertising space including on buses to publicise housing advice, and campaign for European Aid funds to help destitute EU migrants
  • Recognising that London's homeless young people who identify as being LGBT have higher rates of suicide attempts/self-harm and will ensure their needs are met through a homebuilding programme, including supporting voluntary organisations who are working to end street homelessness with a pathway into secure housing, new skills and a permanent job

Rick Henderson, Chief Executive of Homeless Link, commented: “It is very welcome to see another London Mayoral candidate setting out plans to address homelessness and rough sleeping. After the election, whoever the successful candidate is, they need to work with all the key stakeholders to build upon their commitments and drive an end to homelessness in London.”