We believe that everyone has a right to shelter in 21st century Britain. There must be an alternative to the streets for every person in every area.
Rough sleeping numbers have fallen over the last decade, however between 2006 and 2008 the figures remained static. We believed it was time for fresh thinking and campaigned for more than three years, alongside our members, for a new strategy not only to help stop the flow onto the streets, but also to help those already there move on to independent lives.
Progress so far...
On November 18 2008, the previous Government launched No One Left Out: Communities ending rough sleeping, a 15 point action plan developed with leading rough sleeping charities to help end rough sleeping for good. This was followed by a pledge from the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to end rough sleeping in London. This is significant as London accounts for more than half the national rough sleeping population. In July 2010, Grant Shapps MP, Housing Minister, announced a consultation on how street counts of rough sleepers are carried out.
A Challenge for our time...
We are campaigning for an end to rough sleeping ‘once and for all’ in this country by the time the Olympics come to Britain in 2012. Often homelessness is swept out of sight for the Olympics, this time we believe it can be different. The goal is ambitious, but grounded in the success of the last ten years, when Government, charities and local councils have worked together to reduce the problem.
We, the undersigned, support Homeless Link's campaign to end rough sleeping by 2012.
The Let's End Rough Sleeping By 2012 petition to Government was written by Homeless Link and is in the category Politics at GoPetition.