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Peter McVerry Trust has reminded political parties and election candidates not to forget the needs of vulnerable young people in homelessness during the course of the election. The charity said it was concerned that with general election campaigns staring up the housing and homeless emergency would simply be forgotten until next winter.
Speaking today Pat Doyle, the CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said “Now that Christmas has passed and the general election campaign is ramping up we see that housing and homelessness have already fallen off the political agenda as USC and income tax levels have become the main political issues. The early campaign rhetoric is very worrying for us and those we work with. We have seen the start of auction politics, a type of politics which offers nothing to the most vulnerable. This type of electioneering will actually make things worse for people on the margins of society as candidates rush to propose tax cuts instead of focusing on improving access to essential services such as health and housing.”
“The people on the margins of society, including the more than 5,000 people in homelessness need politicians to be responsible. We hope that right across the political spectrum the homelessness situation will be recognised for the emergency it undoubtedly is. We need the causes and solutions to become key issues in the debates surrounding the 2016 general election.”
“The reality is that whoever forms the next Government will be faced with a major challenge in attempting to tackle the issue. It was planned that 2016 would be the year that we ended the need to sleep rough and long term homelessness. These goals must continue to be the focus of politicians for the year ahead.”
Mr Doyle said that the Peter McVerry Trust would be stepping up its engagement with politicians and election candidates in the coming days and weeks to remind them of the needs of the most vulnerable in their communities. “The election should be about housing, housing and housing”.