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Crisis responds to the Conservative manifesto

Today (Tuesday 11th June), the Conservative Party launched its manifesto for the General Election. It includes a continued commitment towards ending rough sleeping, renewing the Affordable Homes Programme, a pledge to deliver 1.6m homes in the next Parliament, and a Renters Reform Bill alongside court reforms to end no-fault evictions.

The manifesto also includes introducing ‘UK and Local Connection tests’ to allocate social housing, and a ‘three strikes’ policy for anti-social behaviour for social housing tenants.

Responding to the Conservative manifesto, Matt Downie, Chief Executive of Crisis, said: “It’s good to see a continued focus on ending rough sleeping and a commitment to reintroduce rental reforms that would see no-fault evictions scrapped for good. With thousands of renters threatened with eviction and more and more people forced to sleep on our streets, it’s right the Conservative Party has reaffirmed its commitment to tackle these injustices.

“But with record numbers of households trapped in poor quality temporary accommodation, we need a wider plan to end all forms of homelessness and bolder aspirations to deliver a new generation of social homes. With the right homes and support we can, and will, build a future free from homelessness.”