Jeremy Corbyn has detailed his plans to end homelessness if he makes it into power – and it includes using Chequers to house rough sleepers.
The lavish 16th-century Buckinghamshire country house is the residence of the Prime Minister and lies empty for much of the year. So Corbyn told ITV’s Julie Etchingham, in an interview that will air tonight, that he will open the doors of the residence to rough sleepers should he be named Prime Minister following the December 12 election.
Corbyn, who has taken The Big Issue’s Future Generations Pledge ahead of the election, told ITV: ““I would indeed [open up Chequers]. It can’t be right. We’re a country with 150 billionaires, and we’ve still got people sleeping on the streets.”
The claim comes as Labour have detailed their plans to end homelessness, in order to end “the scandal of people living and dying on our streets”.
If elected, Labour say they will spend £600m providing 5,000 additional beds through a Modern Hostels Fund with a further £200m to overhaul existing hostels.
A further £100m a year has also been set aside for emergency winter shelter and support while the party have also pledged to find 4,000 additional Housing First homes for rough sleepers alongside 4,000 “move-on” homes.