Britain’s housing secretary has admitted that the UK government’s social welfare policies have played a role in the rising rate of homelessness, appearing to backtrack on a statement he made earlier this month.
James Brokenshire, who appointed in April by Prime Minister Theresa May, said Monday that Conservative Party policies may be to blame for a surge in rough-sleeping in Britain.
He said in an interview with the website Politico that Tory party members needed to ask themselves “some very hard questions” about why levels of homelessness had increased so significantly in the UK since 2010, when the government began imposing cuts on social care budget as part of wider austerity program.
Brokenshire also revealed he personally does not give money to homeless people, although he said he sometimes buys the Big Issue, a street newspaper sold by homeless individuals.
The interview appeared to contradict his remarks earlier this month, when…