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Tory Minister admits welfare cuts are driving record levels of homelessness 30 Dec 2018 09:05 #12473

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'We need to ask ourselves some very hard questions', says Housing Minister.
Welfare Weekly By Welfare Weekly December 28, 2018 7:29 am

An outspoken Tory Minister has all but admitted that policy choices by the UK Government are at least partly responsible for record levels of homelessness and roughsleeping, particularly those related to Housing Benefit.

Housing Secretary James Brokenshire admitted that Tory policies may be responsible for rising levels of homelessness in an interview with the Politico website, in an apparent U-turn on previous comments where he insisted that austerity isn’t to blame for the current homelessness epidemic.

In an interview with The Guardian, Mr Brokenshire dismissed claims that Government policies, including cuts to social security benefits, are fueling a rise in the numbers of households who are subjected to eviction orders and extreme poverty.

But in his latest interview, Mr Brokenshire accepted that the Conservatives “need to ask ourselves some very hard questions” about policy choices and how those choices have impacted on some of the poorest members of society.

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