THE FESTIVE SEASON SHOULD REMIND US HOW MUCH THE HOMELESS REMAIN ISOLATED FROM SOCIETY AND HOW LITTLE IS BEING DONE BY GOVERNMENT TO HELP THEM
According to the housing charity Shelter 103,000 children will be homeless during this Christmas right across the United Kingdom. A seven year high. Worryingly, homelessness has now increased in this country for the fifth consecutive year. Homelessness is in fact at a higher rate here in Northern Ireland than anywhere else in the UK and remains a real cause of concern.
According to figures released earlier in the year; One in 18 (5.7%) of all adults in the province said they had experienced homelessness. The number of households presenting as homeless was 18,862 and the number of households accepted as statutorily homeless was 9,649. The research suggested that rising numbers of people in Northern Ireland could be left at risk of homelesness unless the Northern Ireland Assembly takes immediate action to protect the most vulnerable.
Commenting on all of this, UKIP National Housing Spokesman, Andrew Charalambous said:
“It’s time that the government and our devolved institutions showed some compassion to our ever increasing homeless population. We at UKIP are demanding that they should start by ensuring homeless persons have full access to a GP, mental health professionals, optical and dental care.”
He went on to add:
“Too often our homeless fellow citizens are living on the periphery of society. Consequently, they are becoming the silent victims of violence, sexual exploitation and abuse. Government rather than cutting Police budgets should direct more Police resources in protecting the homeless.”
“We cannot solve the current housing crisis overnight but there is much that government can and should be doing right now to make the lives of homeless people more comfortable this Winter. The strength of a society should be measured by the way it treats its most vulnerable. That’s a key part of the Christmas message we celebrate.”