The number of people sleeping rough in Britain has increased by 170% under Conservative governments since 2010, and 120,000 children are growing up today in temporary accommodation, figures which Theresa May has admitted are shameful. So why is The Canary letting May’s Tories off the hook and putting the blame on homelessness charities instead?
In a bizarre attack on the voluntary sector, writer Steve Topple claimed in an article for the alt-left site that increases in numbers of homelessness proved “whatever strategy Crisis and other charities have doesn’t work.” He then took to Twitter to troll housing charity, Crisis, asking “if you know [homelessness can be ended], how come you’ve been around for nearly 51 years and still haven’t managed to #EndHomelessness?”
Topple was responding to a launch of a new report by Crisis which set out a plan to end homelessness in 10 years at the charity’s conference on Monday. The article brushed over the responsibility the Conservatives have for this issue, instead attacking the charity on the price of £140 a ticket for its conference. One person who didn’t see this as a problem was Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who spoke at the event.
Crisis helped thousands of homeless people into a home, job, apprenticeship, or training course last year, and successfully campaigned with other housing charities to pass the Homelessness Reduction Act. Meanwhile the National Audit Office have laid the blame for rising homelessness with the Conservatives’ welfare cuts.