New research from the housing charity Shelter has found there will be 135,000 homeless children this Christmas, including 810 in Yorkshire and the Humber.
This is shameful.
Rising homelessness is a direct result of decisions made by the Tories over the last ten years in Government: slashing investment in new low-cost homes, refusing to help private renters and making huge cuts to housing benefit and homelessness services.
The Conservatives' manifesto makes clear they have no plan to tackle the crisis of rising homelessness.
A Labour Government will end rough sleeping within five years and fix the root causes of rising homelessness with the biggest council and social housing programme since the 1960s, stronger rights for renters and extra funding for homelessness services.
Over the last few days I’ve been out visiting properties affected by flooding.
I’ve talked to residents in Wath and Kilnhurst and businesses in Parkgate.
I’m dealing with a number of problems people have raised with me and am in close contact with the senior director at Rotherham Council who is co-ordinating the response.
I have offered my support to the headteacher at Kilnhurst Primary School and checking the plans in place to make sure children can continue learning while the school is closed.
After visiting businesses in Parkgate on Sunday, I reported back to Rotherham Council and urged immediate help.
As floods recovery minister for the Labour government in 2007, when our area was so badly affected, I helped set up help for businesses through the Regional Development Agency, Yorkshire Forward, since abolished by the Conservatives:
a £2m fund for small businesses, with up to £2,500 per businessa £3m fund for larger businesses, with up to £100,000 per business
The funds were availabl…