Today (Wednesday, 1 December) Lord John Bird, Founder of The Big Issue, has responded to data released by the Office of National Statistics, reporting that 688 people tragically lost their lives on the streets in England and Wales in 2020.
The Big Issue Founder and crossbench peer has warned that “if we don’t take action now, we are set to lose far more lives on the street” and is calling again on the Government to Stop Mass Homelessness.
To prevent an influx of newly homeless households, The Big Issue has three key asks of the Government:
- Pay off the £360 million in rent arrears and provide additional support to help those unable to pay their rent or mortgage due to Covid-19.
- Put an end to no fault evictions.
- Provide jobs and training in sustainable industries.
The Big Issue also recently released data showing that if the Government does not take action to address the full £360 million in rent arrears now it could cost them an extra £2,234,025,000 on top of that later.
Lord John Bird, Founder of The Big Issue, said:“688 people lost their lives on the streets last year, that’s 688 too many. If we don’t take action now, we are set to lose far more lives on the streets.