Yesterday Rochdale Council became the fourth council to pass Young Labour’s motion on youth homelessness, as part of our priority campaign.
The motion guarantees that councils will not turn away any young homeless person without, at the very least, giving them advice and assistance. It also commits to providing accessible information about housing to those with disabilities, mental health problems and addictions.
Doncaster Council passed the motion last Thursday and North Tyneside Council and Cheshire East Council prior to that.
I’ve been out delivering campaign training to Young Labour groups across the UK, from Wales to Northamptonshire, and North West Young Labour to Tower Hamlets Young Labour – and most recently at the CWU Youth Conference. It’s fantastic that so many groups and individuals are getting involved and coming up with creative campaigning ideas.
Young Labour groups in Newport, Derbyshire, Leicester, West Yorkshire, the North West, Tower Hamlets and elsewhere across the country are campaigning to bring about real change in their communities – and succeeding.
At a time when a Tory-led government is making national progress on this issue difficult, we are effecting change locally by putting our Labour values into practice.
On the national side of the campaign, Young Labour has held a productive event with Jack Dromey, Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister, and Ed Miliband’s recent remarks about reforming the private rented sector are a great step forward.