Corbyn pledges 8000 homes for rough sleepers

Prime Minister Tony Blair

Prime Minister Tony Blair

Jeremy Corbyn, on the Andrew Marr Show, says levels of homelessness in the United Kingdom are "disgraceful".

On the prospect of another general election, he told The Andrew Marr Show: "Bring it on".

He further explained deliberately emptied properties that the government would take over are to be granted to councils.

"Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr show Mr Corbyn said: "(We would) immediately purchase 8,000 properties across the country to give immediate housing to those people that are now homeless.

Homelessness has increased every year for six years, reaching a record high of 4,751 recorded as sleeping rough last autumn, according to official figures.

Mr Corbyn said: "A very long time ago I did some programmes, yes, I did some programmes for press TV".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn declared 8,000 houses are to "immediately" be purchased by a Labour government as it lends a hand for councils to "take over" vacant properties.

Conservative Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington said there were "a number of different reasons" rough sleeping had gone up - including mental health issues and drug and alcohol problems. "That's why the government has set up a very ambitious target - we have pledged to half rough sleeping by 2022 and eliminate it by 2027". This would make properties available more quickly than if they were built from scratch, said Labour.

The new homes would be a mixture of "move-on" housing for people leaving homeless hostels and "housing first", which sees rough sleepers with complex needs given permanent accommodation. "It is direct effect of decisions made by the Tories on housing, and on funding for charities and councils".

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