Homelessness remains a blight on our society. The figures released by the Government recently make for grim reading. In England, rough sleeping on our streets went up 16 per cent over the past year to 4,134. I suspect the figures are much higher in reality.
Since leaving Parliament in 2015 I decided to focus on tackling homelessness. To this end I am chairing a working group of sector experts at the Centre for Social Justice. We will produce a report early next year which seeks to provide a set of policy recommendations to better prevent and tackle homelessness.
Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin are pursuing a scorched earth policy in Aleppo and trying to bomb the population into submission. Boris Johnson is right to call for an investigation into war crimes following the recent bombing of a humanitarian aid convoy.
Brooks writes with Baroness Anne Jenkin for the ConservativeHome website.
Unless there is a significant increase in women MPs at the 2015 general election, we will need to look at this issue in detail, and all options should be on the table.
Brooks Newmark backs the Government’s efforts to tackle overcrowding and long waiting lists in the social housing sector and supports the spare room subsidy which is a fair way to address the mismatch between overcrowded housing and those living in houses with empty bedrooms in taxpayer-subsidised housing.