MEP Afzal Khan’s Letter to David Cameron about rough sleeping and the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived. 12 hours ago a letter was published on Twitter by Afzal Khan MEP.
Rt Hon. David Cameron MP
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
10 Downing Street
Dear Prime Minister,
Re: Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived
I am writing regarding the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived.
As you know the fund, which is worth £2.5 billion, is available to help EU countries tackle problems like rough sleeping and food poverty.
When the fund was set up in 2013, your government said that the UK was opting out because it believed it could deliver better and more efficient support to homeless people.
Yet since then your government has continued to dramatically cut local authorities’ budgets and in turn reduce the amount of support they can give to tackling homelessness.
The results of this are now clear. Homelessness across Greater Manchester has almost doubled and nationally rose by a third in the past year.
Clearly your strategy has failed to tackle the huge problem of rough sleeping.
It is heart-breaking to see homeless people huddled in shop doorways and sleeping on freezing cold streets, in the 21st century.
As a country we can, and must do better.
I would urge to think again about your decision to opt out the Fund for the most deprived and ask you to do much more to end the tragedy of homelessness in Britain.
I look forward to receiving your response.
Afzal Khan MEP
Member of the European Parliament for the North West of England