8 October 2019
Lambeth Green Councillors have proposed that the Council adopt a Homelessness Charter which reinforces the rights of homeless people in the borough and commits the Council to take action towards preventing and ending homelessness.
The Charter, due to be voted on by councillors at the Full Council meeting on 16th October, includes the right to housing, the right to sanitary facilities and the right to documents that will enable them to vote. Green Councillors are also asking the Council to adopt several proposals including:
Every person who finds themselves homeless, including those in temporary accommodation, will be considered as priority need.
Work with other local authorities to lobby for reform to the LASPO act, to make squatting empty properties safe and equitable for property owners and otherwise homeless people.
Lobby the Government to make levels of Housing Benefits for Young people the same as those for older claimants.
Lobby for affordable social rents to be imposed on private landlords and property investors, prioritizing the provision of permanent homes until everyone is securely housed.
The Homelessness Charter has been developed to complement the Council’s Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy which is out for consultation until Friday 25th October.
Councillor Nicole Griffiths (St Leonard’s) said:
“We put forward this motion so Lambeth can lead the way in showing how local authorities can support some of society’s most vulnerable citizens. Any one of us could find ourselves homeless and no one should be denied rights because of this.
“Everyone has the right to a warm and secure home that they can afford to live in and the Council’s priority must be preventing homelessness and providing access to help and support for all who are homeless.”