‘Genuinely’ affordable homes and tackling homelessness at the top of Sadiq Khan’s manifesto for London

Thursday, 10 March 2016 - 10:31am

Homeless Link welcomes measures outlined by mayoral candidate in the run up to May’s election.

Sadiq Khan launched his manifesto "A Manifesto for all Londoners". In his housing manifesto, Homes for Londoners, Sadiq Khan outlines his vision to deliver decent and affordable homes in the capital and strengthen efforts to reduce homelessness. As a member of the Lead London Home campaign, Homeless Link is pleased to see a strong commitment to tackle rising homelessness, together with measures to address the chronic shortage of homes which are contributing to homelessness in the first place.

Homeless Link particularly welcomes the commitments to:

  • drive the process of ensuring no-one sleeps on the streets of London as there is a desperate need to reverse the trend of annual increases in rough sleeping  
  • address the plight of those stuck in homeless hostels and supported housing because there is nowhere genuinely affordable for them to move to
  • act in a way which would offer greater protection and choice to those who are currently forced into expensive, insecure and unsuitable rented accommodation.

Rick Henderson, Chief Executive of Homeless Link, said ‘With homelessness on the rise in London, we welcome the strong commitment Sadiq Khan has made to tackle rough sleeping and the chronic problem of affordability of homes in the capital. These are difficult challenges which will require strong leadership by the new mayor. However today’s manifesto represents a good start in putting in place the measures we need to ensure every Londoner has a place to call home’

In the run-up to the election we look forward to engaging with Sadiq to discuss how he can turn these pledges into reality should he become Mayor.     

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Jacqui McCluskey

Jacqui McCluskey

Director of policy and communications

Jacqui leads the externally focused policy and communications functions of Homeless Link, as well as line managing the policy director of the MEAM (Making Every Adult Matter) Coalition with Clinks, DrugScope and Mind.

Telephone: 020 7840 4429
Email: jacqui.mccluskey@homelesslink.org.uk
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