West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper joined a call to action for World Homeless Day on Wednesday 10th October and added her voice to the ‘Everybody In’ campaign to end homelessness, an initiative by the national homelessness charity Crisis.
A host of A-list celebrities, including Tom Hardy, Emma Thompson, Jodie Whittaker, Ellie Goulding, Richard Gere and Sir Ian McKellen, have also joined the call by appearing in a short film for Crisis where they perform a poem about the injustice of homelessness. The poem, ‘If Everybody Is In’, was written by Crisis’ Poet-in-Residence Stefan Gambrell, aka ‘Neanderthal Bard’, who has himself experienced homelessness. [view film here]
MP Rosie has joined the campaign which highlights the severity of the issue across Britain. There are 236,000 people currently experiencing the worst forms of homelessness – the highest level since 2010.
Earlier this year Crisis published its own ground-breaking plan to end homelessness, which sets out the exact government policies needed to end all forms of homelessness within a ten-year period. The charity hopes this will spur Britain’s governments to build on their recent positive steps in recognising homelessness as an urgent issue.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“It is a disgrace that so many people today are forced to sleep in cars, in tents, on other peoples’ floors and couches, or even out on the streets. That is why I am adding my voice to this important campaign and to call for an end to all forms of homelessness once and for all.
“In West Lancashire, we have previously had homeless people sleeping in tents on the beacon, suffering from frostbite because of the icy weather so I’ve asked West Lancashire Borough Council to review their policies to ensure that everything that can be done to prevent homelessness is being done before winter sets in.”
Crisis Chief Executive Jon Sparkes said:
“Ending homelessness across Britain isn’t an unrealistic aspiration; it’s a goal within our reach. We’ve set out how it can be achieved with the right action and political will, and we’re pleased that homelessness is being given greater priority by governments and political parties across Britain. But to end homelessness for good, we must tackle the root causes as well as the symptoms. We hope the public and politicians alike will join us and campaign to end all forms of homelessness in this country once and for all.”
Crisis is calling on the public to join its Everybody In campaign – they can do this here: www.crisis.org.uk/everybodyin
‘If Everybody is In’ was written for Crisis by Stefan Gambrell aka Neanderthal Bard, Crisis’ poet-in-residence who has experienced homelessness
- Stefan Gambrell aka Neanderthal Bard
- Adel (Wales), Anthony (Scotland) (Crisis members who have experienced homelessness)
- Ellie Goulding
- Tom Hardy
- Jodie Whittaker
- Sir Ian McKellen
- Richard Gere
- Ruth Wilson
- Imelda Staunton
- Emma Thompson
- Jonathan Pryce
- Joe Lycett
- Aisling Bea
- David Morrissey
- Jim Carter
- Shappi Korsandi
- Ed Byrne
- Tamsin Greig
- Alastair Stewart
- Clara Amfo
- Sophie Thompson
- Al Doyle
Crisis’ definition of ending homelessness
- Crisis’ definition of homelessness ended consists of five categories:
- No one sleeping rough.
- No one forced to live in transient or dangerous accommodation such as tents, squats and non-residential buildings.
- No one living in emergency accommodation such as shelters and hostels without a plan for rapid rehousing into affordable, secure and decent accommodation.
- No one homeless because of leaving a state institution such as prison or the care system.
- Everyone at immediate risk of homelessness getting the help they need to prevent it happening.
Numbers of homeless people in Britain statistic
There are currently 236,000 people across Britain who are defined as core homeless. This is taken from a study by Heriot-Watt University – Homelessness projections in Great Britain. This refers to the most acute forms of homelessness and covers people who are: rough sleeping; sleeping in tents, cars, or public transport; squatting; living in unsuitable temporary accommodation; living in hostels, night shelters, winter shelters, or refuges; and sofa-surfing on a short-term basis.