Hammond pledges to end rough sleeping by 2027

A brand new Homelessness Taskforce is being set up with the aim of halving rough-sleeping by 2022, and eliminating it altogether by 2027.

The Chancellor Philip Hammond pledged £28m for housing pilot schemes and announced that local authorities will now be able to charge 100% council tax on empty properties.

£20m has also been set aside to support private renters who deemed to be at risk of homelessness.

Hammond said: “It cannot be right to leave property empty when so many are desperate for a place to live.

So we will legislate to give local authorities the power to charge a 100% council tax premium on empty properties.

It is unacceptable that in 21st-century Britain there are people sleeping on the streets.”

However, critics were quick to point out that homelessness has tripled in the past seven years of Conservative government, and there are currently 120,000 children living in temporary accommodation.