Published On: Thu, Nov 20th, 2014 on 1:24 pm

Ed Sheeran: ‘The system is failing homeless people’

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Hebden Bridge-born singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran is backing a campaign to help the homeless get the help they need to find a home.

The ‘No One Turned Away’ campaign comes on the back of a recent undercover investigation launched by homelessness charity Crisis.

Researchers were sent to 16 councils across England, mostly in London boroughs, to test the support offered to the homeless.

In 50 out of 87 council visits, they received ‘little’ or ‘no help’ at all.

In response, a Crisis campaign is calling politicians to review the help single homeless people in England get under the law, so ‘no one is forced to sleep rough’.

So far, 14,000 people have signed the petition.

Ed Sheeran said “When I volunteered at Crisis I met people who’d been forced to sleep on the streets. Homelessness is a horrifying experience and no one should have to go through it.

“That’s why I’ve signed the Crisis No One Turned Away petition. Right now, the system is failing homeless people. We need to demand change so that every homeless person can get the help they need.”

Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive at Crisis, said: “We’re thrilled that Ed is backing our campaign and we hope that as many people as possible will join him in signing our petition.

“The shocking truth is that even in the 21st century, homeless people who ask their council for help are being turned away to sleep on the streets – cold, desperate and forgotten. This is nothing short of a scandal and we are calling on politicians to act.”

Ed Sheeran is among other well-known faces who are backing the campaign, including Jo Brand, Sir Ian McKellen, Jeremy Paxman and Paul Weller.

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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