Crisis campaigns at the Labour Conference
Crisis has been raising housing and homelessness issues at this week's Labour Party Conference in Manchester.
Representatives from Crisis attended the conference as part of Homes for Britain, a united voice representing all parts of the housing sector that aims to put housing to the top of the political agenda.
Crisis and St Mungo’s hosted a discussion with key Labour politicians asking what a Labour government could do to turn back the rising tide of homelessness. The event was chaired by Duncan Shrubsole, director of policy and external affairs at Crisis, who stressed the need for a strong voice from opposition to stand up for vulnerable people, as well as a clear vision for the future, which encompasses housing supply, welfare that supports and private rented sector reform.
Also speaking at the event was Jack Dromey MP, shadow minister for housing and local government.
Elsewhere at the conference, Crisis chief executive Leslie Morphy, spoke at an event ‘Balancing act: reforming welfare while addressing Britain’s housing crisis’ hosted by the New Statesman magazine and Moat housing association. Morphy expressed grave concern over the rising numbers of people who are finding themselves homeless. “Be very careful what you wish for,” she said, noting that after years of asking, housing and welfare are now high on the political agenda, but for all the wrong reasons.
Next week, Crisis and Homes for Britain will be urging MPs, peers and Ministers at the Conservative Conference in Birmingham to take immediate action on housing and homelessness.