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Southwark MP to co-chair homelessness group

Neil Coyle MP has been elected as co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Ending Homelessness.

The Labour MP for Bermondsey & Old Southwark was elected alongside Colchester Conservative MP William Quince.

The APPG for Ending Homelessness was set up in response to growing numbers of people rough sleeping and upward trends in the number of homeless applications.

The group holds regular meetings with its officers to discuss the issues which cause and escalate homelessness.

Commenting on the announcement, Mr Coyle said: “Homelessness is a massive issue locally. London Bridge and the Elephant have many rough sleepers but from the Brandon Estate in Walworth, to the Tissington in Rotherhithe, it is a visibly growing problem.

“The Government is ignoring the crisis despite homelessness doubling since 2010. It is unacceptable to force charities and churches to pick up the pieces and I welcome this opportunity to be able to lead this group which will scrutinise the causes and effects of homelessness, and put forward recommendations on how we can end the problem.”


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