In response to the news story that a woman gave birth on the street near Trinity College, Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Housing at Cambridge City Council, said: "I perfectly understand, and share, the shock that has been expressed by the public that a vulnerable woman, at Christmas, gave birth on the street near one of the wealthiest and well-known academic institutions in the country.
“I want to reassure the public that Cambridge City Council, and other agencies, was and is aware of the individual concerned.
“Accommodation had been provided to her and her partner for several weeks before the birth, along with other practical support to relieve their homelessness.
“We are not clear why this accommodation was not being used. This support remains on offer to them, as is for anyone else in priority need.
“The government’s own statistics has shown that homelessness has risen by 165% since 2010. Building new council homes, and helping housing associations provide affordable accommodation, is only one - but vital - strand of any strategy to tackle it.
“People on the streets often have complex needs and so any strategy must also be linked to a requirement for adequate resources to be in place to help those with mental health, dependency or other care needs.”
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