PETER LUFF PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE IN ST MUNGO'S ACTION WEEK
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PETER LUFF PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE IN ST MUNGO'S ACTION WEEK

Peter Luff, MP for Mid Worcestershire, this week pledged to represent the needs of his homeless constituents in support of charity St Mungo’s 2011 Action Week, which is focussing on the inclusion of homeless people in society.


A new report from St Mungo’s, ‘Enough Room: is society big enough for homeless people?’, highlights that only 14% of St Mungo's staff and clients believe that homeless people are included in society, although of St Mungo’s homeless clients surveyed, 70% wanted to volunteer to “give something back to their local community” or to “help other people.”

The charity warns that homeless people risk even greater social exclusion if the Government’s Big Society doesn’t develop the muscle to include vulnerable groups and is calling on the Government to develop an overarching Inclusion Strategy. It also calls on local authorities to do their bit to include homeless people in more community planning and decision making.

Peter said,

“I’m pledging my support for St Mungo’s Action Week because I know from years of experience of the charity what excellent work it does and how well founded its judgements are likely to be. I’m not necessarily supporting every word of their report, but the spirit of it is absolutely right. The finding that so many homeless people want to give back to society shows how wrong the judgements and generalisations about them by others can be.”

Charles Fraser, St Mungo’s chief executive said,

“Our report shows that homeless people already feel stigmatised and excluded, yet they have a strong sense of wanting to give something back through volunteering. They are very sceptical, however, about the Government’s ‘Big Society’ message. All of those interviewed thought the Big Society would have a negative effect on them, inextricably linked to cuts.

“For society to be truly big enough to include homeless people, we need determined leadership from the very top to make sure that every government action – big or small – takes into account the impact it will have on deeply disadvantaged people. That’s why we’re asking MPs and the public to pledge their support.”

St Mungo’s is asking members of the public to make their pledge to show their support via its website at www.mungos.org St Mungo's manages more than 100 housing and support projects in London and the south, helping more than 3,000 people a year with access to housing, health, skills and employment. Last year staff supported around 1700 people into employment, volunteering, gaining qualifications or moving on to further education or training.

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- Further information about St Mungo’s please contact Gemma Hollingshead on 020 8762 5570 or email gemma.hollingshead@mungos.org


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