The Liberal Democrats have become the first major party to commit to ending the "national scandal" of rough sleeping across Britain, including in Hampstead and Kilburn.
The Liberal Democrats have set out a series of measures to end rough sleeping, including introducing a Housing First provider in each local authority that would put long-term homeless people straight into independent homes rather than emergency shelters.
The number of rough sleepers in Camden has risen in recent years, while latest figures also show that 265 homes in the possession of the Labour-controlled council are vacant, despite the housing crisis.
The news comes as a coalition of homelessness charities, including Centrepoint, Crisis, Homeless Link, Shelter and St Mungo’s, have called on political parties to commit to end rough sleeping in Britain.
Kirsty Allan, Liberal Democrat candidate in Hampstead and Kilburn, said:
“No one should have to sleep rough in 21st century Britain.
“By increasing support for homelessness prevention and properly funding emergency accommodation, we can end rough sleeping in Hampstead and Kilburn and across the country.
“It’s clear that supporting people and giving them long-term, stable places to stay is far more successful in tackling homelessness than constantly moving them to different temporary accommodation. We will ensure our local authority has at least one provider of Housing First services, to allow long-term homeless people to live independently in their own homes.
“Under this government, homelessness has soared and young people have been stripped of housing benefit, threatening to make matters even worse.
“This election is a chance to change the direction of this country and stand up for a Britain that is open, tolerant and united."