Tower Hamlets facing homeless crisis, says MP


Jim Fitzpatrick MP has highlighted worrying new figures from the House of Commons Library which show the number of homeless people in Tower Hamlets has more than doubled since 2010. Figures show the number of homeless in the borough has increased from 156 in 2010 to 326 last year – an increase of 109 percent.

Mr Fitzpatrick blamed the rising figure on the failure of the Coalition Government and the Mayor of London to build enough new and affordable homes.

Under the present government, home building has fallen to the lowest level since 1924 and the Mayor of London has missed every single one of his own targets for building more affordable homes in the capital.

Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, said:

“Housing is the number one issue in Tower Hamlets but we’ve seen very little from action from the government or Boris. A lack of affordable housing means people are being priced out of the market and onto the streets.

“It’s a scandal when the number of homeless in the borough has doubled. We’re at a critical point where we can act now or face the consequences of more homeless people on our streets.”

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