Why it’s important to count the homeless vote too
In each general election, at around this time in the proceedings, we get the statistics about the imbalance of those voting and those who stay apathetic, confused, or cut off from the political system. With hung parliaments and coalitions, more than ever we need to value the power of our voice and right of enfranchisement. It’s important to remember that homeless people still have the right to register to vote as well, even without a home.
We hear people say things like ‘why bother?’ or ‘All politicians are the same, they are all liars?” – but strip aside all our views on what politicians are like, we need to get our voices heard and the IF Group stand behind services being properly resourced and secured – so that those who are disadvantaged, can have equal opportunities to climb up the social ladder or better their lives.
Second Step and Golden Key are both advocates for Homeless Link – who are supporting homelessness services to encourage their clients to vote this year. They have produced a simple ‘7 reasons why you should vote’ page.
Homeless Link has been funded by the Cabinet Office to run the Your Vote Matters project, which seeks to increase engagement with democracy and voter registration amongst social housing tenants and users of homelessness services. They work to ensure the homeless vote if they want to.
When politicians make policy decisions, they look to represent the concerns of the electorate. In the 2010 General Election, 76% of over 65s voted compared to just 55% of 18-24 year olds; 76% of AB social class voted compared to 57% of DE social class.