Published: 20th Jan 2021

Former government adviser Dame Louise Casey has called for a stronger emphasises in Whitehall on preventing homelessness. Speaking in front of the housing, communities and local government select committee, Dame Louise who was the architect behind the government’s Everyone In policy, said rough sleeping is ‘a systematic failure’. She told MPs that when the government first introduced the Everyone In policy last year, they expected to have to find accommodation for between 5,000 and 6,000 people. But she added that the figure quickly rose to 29,000, with between 9,000 and 10,000 still in temporary accommodation. Her appearance in front of the committee follows a report by the National Audit Office, which warned the Everyone In programme had exposed the scale of the homeless crisis in the UK. ‘I do not feel that there is a strong enough prevention of homelessness strategy,’ she added. ‘That is not just about things like … (To read the full article, subscribe below)