Reacting to Liz Truss becoming the new leader of the Conservative Party, Rebecca Sycamore Interim Chief Executive of leading homelessness charity St Mungo’s, said: “During her campaign to become the next Prime Minister Ms Truss confirmed that she is ‘committed’ to the Conservative Party’s manifesto pledge to end rough sleeping in England by the end of this parliament, and we look forward to working with her and her new Government to achieve this.

“The Government has published its Rough Sleeping Strategy which we welcomed, but additional action must be taken to prevent people coming to the streets – as we with other members of the sector highlighted to Ms Truss during her campaign.

“We are facing an incredibly difficult winter, which may mean for many that the cost of living crisis will end up costing people their homes.

“It is vitally important that the Government does all it can to support those for whom the risk of homelessness is becoming an increasing reality, as well as helping people for whom it already is.

“Without such interventions we may see a significant surge in street homelessness.”