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MP sleeps rough to highlight housing need

January 29, 2008 3:00 PM

Local MP Tim Farron spent the night sleeping rough last Saturday for the Manna House charity which provides those in need of housing with educational and social support, as well as assisting them with finding a place to live. Mr Farron joined representatives from the charity including some who in the past had been rough sleepers for real, at Kendal Castle which overlooks the town.

Tim Farron has been campaigning hard for the Government to provide solutions to the affordable housing need, proposing his 'Home on the Farm idea' which would see disused farm outbuildings converted into housing.

Tim Farron said:

"I only had to endure rough-sleeping for one night, but there are thousands out there who go through the ordeal night after night, homelessness is unfortunately a grim reality in many towns and cities up and down the country.

"The Government urgently needs to address this affordable housing shortage, my Home on the Farm project would begin to tackle the problem, but there is much more besides to be done."