Local authorities in Wakefield and Brent have answered The Big Issue’s call to Stop Mass Homelessness by passing a council motion vowing to prevent the growing crisis.
The Big Issue launched the Stop Mass Homelessness campaign in the summer warning the rising cost of living and waning Covid-19 support as well as debts built up during the pandemic could lead to thousands of people facing homelessness in the months ahead.
As part of the campaign, The Big Issue asked supporters to contact their local councillors urging them to raise a council motion to back the campaign in their area as well as writing to government ministers to raise the issue.
Councillor Michelle Collins, who represents the South Elmsall and South Kirkby ward in Wakefield, led the charge at the local council’s full meeting on October 27.
The Labour councillor proposed that the government should commit to a series of measures to support people in their homes at the meeting, including suspending no-fault evictions, improving access to discretionary housing payment and unfreezing Local Housing Allowance. The council voted to back the motion.
Cllr Collins told The Big Issue she decided to act after seeing the numbers of people facing homelessness. The Big Issue revealed that one household was made homeless every three and a half hours at the start of 2021.