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Jack Dromey MP, Labour's Shadow Housing Minister, responding to figures showing rise in people in need of homelessness prevention and relief, said:
"Action taken by Local Authorities to prevent homelessness and provide relief to those in need is welcome.
"But today’s figures show there has been a rapid increase in the number of people seeking help as a result of the Government’s failed economic and housing policies - a double dip recession made in Downing Street and sharp falls in house building.
"The best prevention measure the Government could take to tackle this growing crisis would be to get the economy moving by adopting Labour’s plan for a tax on bank bonuses to build thousands of affordable homes and create up to 100,000 jobs for young people."
Responding to Grant Shapps’ announcement on tackling homelessness and the allocation of funding to homelessness charities, Jack Dromey said:
"Of course it is right that Government Department’s work together and that councils take all the action necessary to prevent homelessness and provide relief for those in need.
"But the Tory-led Government is so out of-touch today’s document outlining "progress" made fails to acknowledge that homelessness and rough sleeping have both risen rapidly on their watch."