I walk with my little boy to our local primary school every morning.
I was worried about him making friends in his first year, but no one expected us to make friends with the man who sleeps rough just by the school.
Whenever we see him we stop and say hello, just to check how he’s doing.
I want my son to understand that homeless people are just that – people too.
People just like you and me with hopes, dreams and so much to contribute to our society.
Yet in the last 9 years of relentless Tory cuts it’s increasingly easy to become numbed to the countless figures shivering at our feet.
We cannot allow people to be blind to this and become desensitised.
In the Labour party we know the cruel impact that austerity has made.
The punishing sanctions, non-existent affordable housing, and local government funding slashed to the point where the bare minimum of food and shelter isn’t guaranteed for the most vulnerable.
The Tories don’t understand just how easy it is to slip through the net (what is left of it).
My boy is always excited to tell me about the lessons he’s learnt at school, and the friends he’s made.
But perhaps the most important lesson he learns is on his way to school, that homeless people have just the same right to a home, and a meaningful life as he does.
Together, we can make that right become a reality.