Last week, I visited the Sheffield Foyer centre, which offers accommodation and invaluable support to homeless young people. By providing training and a nurturing environment, the Foyer helps those who’ve been made homeless to gain confidence, find a home, and get into work.
As a member of the Foyer board, I’m always glad to get the chance to speak to those who’ve been helped by the centre. On this visit, I spoke to Kyle, an inspirational young man, who is currently receiving support. We had a really good conversation about the hurdles that young people face finding secure housing and decent work.
In fact, homelessness has doubled since 2010 and the number of families living in temporary accommodation is up 60%. According to recent research by the housing charity Shelter, at least 320,000 people are homeless in Britain today. These are shocking statistics that should make Tory Ministers feel ashamed.
It’s important to remember that behind these statistics are real people, like Kyle, who have been profoundly failed by the government. A lot of young people staying at the Foyer have had to rely on the centre’s help due to the unfairness of Universal Credit or because of benefit sanctions.
The Tories’ disregard for those hit hardest by social inequality makes the Foyer’s services all the more important and I greatly appreciate their work.