Reacting to Rishi Sunak becoming the new leader of the Conservative Party, Rebecca Sycamore Interim Chief Executive of leading homelessness charity St Mungo’s, said:
“During his previous campaign to become Prime Minister Mr Sunak stated he is ‘committed to ending rough sleeping once and for all by 2024… and to establishing a truly cross-government approach to address the drivers of rough sleeping’ and we look forward to working with him and his new Government to achieve this.
“The Government’s new Rough Sleeping Strategy has been published which is an important step, but that plan must now be put into practice.
“We are facing an incredibly difficult winter, with increasing numbers of people at risk of losing their homes because of the cost of living crisis.
“When the Government delivers its Fiscal Statement it must commit the resources to prevent homelessness, as well as to supporting people who are already experiencing it.
“Without such action we risk a huge surge in rough sleeping over the coming months.”