Figures from charity Centrepoint show young people are “being left out in the cold” by the Government and City Council says Layla.
Figures published by homelessness charity Centrepoint on 13th November show that in the 2017/18 financial year in Oxford, 182 people aged 16 – 24 approached the Council saying that they were homeless. This is up from 56 people in the previous year.
In 2017/18 of the 182 who went to Council, 44 were formally assessed and 20 were accepted as homeless.
The statistics show that from 2016/17 to 2017/18 the number of young people approaching the Council due to being homeless more than trebled.
Commenting on the figures, Layla Moran said:
“There is no doubt that organisations, charities and individuals in Oxford an across the county do an amazing job supporting homeless people in our city – but these shocking statistics show that we must do more to end homelessness.
“Young people in particular are being left out in the cold by a complacent Conservative government that is failing to protect the most vulnerable in society.
“Nationally, the Government must urgently boost funding for homelessness, reverse cuts to housing benefit for young people and build the social homes the country desperately needs.
“Locally, owing to Lib Dem efforts the Council has now stopped their policy of fining people and seizing rough sleepers' belongings – but they must do more to get empty properties back into use and make getting people off the street and into stable accommodation a priority.
“Young people facing homelessness deserve nothing less. We cannot and must not allow these figures to continue to rise next year.”