Labour Councillors have called on Conservative-controlled Westminster Council to pressure the Government to reverse its decision not to restart the ‘Everyone In Scheme’ that helped to house rough sleepers. The decision has been taken that Homeless people will not be accommodated in emergency housing during the third national lockdown. We believe there were 242 people sleeping rough on Westminster’s streets, as of the last street count.
Councillor Guthrie McKie, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Member for Housing said:
“There is no doubt that this scheme saved lives in the first lockdown. Now in the midst of winter and a new highly transmissible covid variant, rough sleepers have been abandoned by the government. Westminster Council must pressure Conservative Ministers to reverse their decision.
Councillor and Greater London Assembly candidate Rita Begum said:
“This decision to not support rough sleepers as temperatures plummet and we face lockdown is disgraceful. Westminster Council need to call on the government to change their decision, just as they were forced to do when they failed to support feeding hungry children in the last U-turn. We are in a pandemic and its winter, we need to pull together not abandon the vulnerable”.