Brooks Newmark chaired a report on Homelessness in the UK with Crisis and the Centre for Social Justice (published in March 2017 - download here).
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.
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.
Speaking in the House of Commons in the run up to Armed Forces Day, Brooks Newmark raises his concerns that a significant number of ex-armed forces personnel still find themselves homeless and asks the Government what is being done to address this?
During a debate on a Conservative Private Member's Bill calling for an audit of infrastructure networks prior to significant housing development, Brooks Newmark cites examples from Braintree where new housing has put a strain on existing infrastructure.