WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND HOMELESSNESS IN THE UK
Hi! I’m Papa, social entrepreneur, activist and CSR specialist dedicated to end homelessness in the UK.
Homelessness is not acceptable. Not in 2017, and not in one of the richest countries in the world; the UK. I can’t end it overnight. Nor can I do it on my own.
The UK is the 25th wealthiest country on the planet. And yet, we still have a homelessness issue, to which there are many parts. The right to adequate housing is a component of international human rights law. And the UK should be better at it. The United Nations says the following about adequate housing:
“The Special Rapporteur wishes to underscore that the right to adequate housing should not be considered narrowly. It includes guaranteeing various aspects, such as security of tenure, affordability, accessibility, location and cultural adequacy. The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has underlined that the right to adequate housing should be ensured to all persons irrespective of income or access to economic resources.” – Raquel Rolnik, Special Rapporteur to the UN. 30 December 2013.
In 2016 it is reported that 4,134 people slept rough nationally, an increase of 16% from the previous year. However, the prevalence of rough sleeping in London alone, measured under an alternative and trusted methodology mentioned in the National Statistics, is reported at8,096 people.