DESPITE assurances that no one would lose their homes during the Covid pandemic figures uncovered by Thurrock Labour reveal a shocking level of homelessness.
During March 23rd to June 7th, 42 Thurrock families lost their homes during the first stage of Covid lockdown, 180 Thurrock homeless families are currently in temporary accommodation and 55 of those families have been placed outside of Thurrock.
Cllr Lynn Worrall, Labour’s Housing Spokesperson, said “When we look at these figures we must remember that these aren’t just statistics. These are Thurrock families and to see so many homeless is deeply upsetting. The last few months have been difficult in so many ways and to lose your home on top of it is horrible.”
“These are real people who are in desperate need of some help. We’ve seen a 20% increase in Thurrock households living in temporary accommodation. That is a tragedy for every one of them and totally unacceptable.”
Cllr Worrall has written to Thurrock’s Conservative portfolio holder for Housing, Barry Johnson, demanding action on this crisis. She said;
“A year ago Cllr Johnson said “We are lucky in Thurrock that we don’t have the numbers that some of the other boroughs do.” That shocking level of complacency really hasn’t helped with this crisis. He needs to, urgently, get a grip before the situation gets even worse.
“We need to work with people as early as possible to help keep them in their homes as well as building more affordable homes for Thurrock folk – both things that Thurrock Tories has absolutely failed to do for the last four years.”