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MP urges peo­ple to get sup­port

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

JOHN McDonnell has called on peo­ple in poor hous­ing or at risk of homelessness to con­tact the char­ity Shel­ter.

The Hayes & Har­ling­ton MP and Shadow Chan­cel­lor made the ap­peal af­ter at­tend­ing the launch of Shel­ter’s lat­est aware­ness rais­ing cam­paign on Tues­day, Jan­uary 5.

It helps more than four mil­lion peo­ple a year, in­clud­ing 531 in Hilling­don last year, with free hous­ing ad­vice and na­tional helpline ser­vices.

Mr McDonnell said: “Shel­ter’s front­line ser­vices pro­vide in­valu­able as­sis­tance to many of Hayes and Har­ling­ton res­i­dents, par­tic­u­larly at what can be an ex­tremely tough time of year.

“They can of­ten be the dif­fer­ence be­tween a fam­ily stay­ing in their home or be­com­ing home­less.

“I would urge any­one who is hav­ing dif­fi­culty mak­ing their rent or mort­gage pay­ments to con­tact Shel­ter, or my­self, as soon as they can.”

A YouGov sur­vey claims one in ten rent or mort­gage pay­ers in Lon­don will strug­gle to make ends meet this month and 21 per cent are cut­ting back on win­ter fuel and cloth­ing to meet their hous­ing pay­ments – the equiv­a­lent of 1.4 mil­lion peo­ple.

Ali­son Mo­hammed, Shel­ter’s di­rec­tor of ser­vices, said: “Ev­ery day at Shel­ter we hear from fam­i­lies who face the bleak choice be­tween miss­ing their rent or cut­ting back on heat­ing.

“No one should have to face th­ese prob­lems alone, which is why Shel­ter is here 365 days a year. Get­ting ad­vice early can make all the dif­fer­ence, and we’re only ever a click or a call away at shel­ter. org.uk/ad­vice or on 0808 800 4444.”

n HOMELESSNESS CON­CERN: John McDonnell MP

Ian Vogler

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