East End’s homeless doubles in 3 years, MP Jim Fitzpatrick discovers
- Credit: Archant
The number of homeless in London’s deprived East End has more than doubled in just three years, new figures from Parliament show.
It rose in Tower Hamlets from 156 in 2010 to 326 last year, an increase of 109 per cent.
The shock findings have been blamed by Poplar & Limehouse MP Jim Fitzpatrick on failure to build enough new and affordable homes by the government and Mayor of London.
“It’s a scandal when the number of homeless has doubled,” he said. “We’re at a critical point where we can act now—or face the consequences of more homeless people on our streets.”
House-building has fallen to the lowest level since 1924 with targets being missed, the figures from the House of Commons own Combined Homelessness & Information database reveal.
You may also want to watch:
The MP added: “Housing is the number one issue in Tower Hamlets—but we’ve seen very little from the government or Boris.”
He fears the lack of affordable housing is pricing people out of the property market and forcing many “onto the streets.”
- 1 Man, 19, stabbed in Stepney Green Park
- 2 Refugee fighting £2,850 claim in lettings agency dispute
- 3 Cyclist in critical condition after 'serious collision' in Bow
- 4 Shoppers queue for bread on opening weekend of new Wapping street market
- 5 Jailed: Teenagers who left victim blind in one eye after train stabbing
- 6 Canary Wharf floats idea for new green restaurant on water
- 7 Shops reopening after lockdown now fear council rent hikes
- 8 Leyton Orient still not at the level top sides are says boss Jobi McAnuff
- 9 'Hold still while I ink your portrait for Captain Tom challenge'
- 10 Volunteers take food for Ramadan to neighbours on Isle of Dogs
Tower Hamlets has more than 20,000 families on its housing waiting list, critics point out.