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£60m fund to tackle homelessness

September 17, 2016 11:44 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Homeless man in ParisAn additional £60 million should be spent on tackling soaring rates of homelessness in the UK, the Liberal Democrats have urged today.

The funding would help local councils tackle homelessness by providing emergency accommodation and intervening early to prevent people losing their homes.

The Liberal Democrats are also calling for a clampdown on rogue landlords who unfairly evict private tenants, through the Renters' Rights Bill currently going through Parliament.

This forms part of the party's comprehensive plan to tackle the root causes of homelessness including:

  • extending the period someone is defined as threatened with homelessness from 28 to 56 days, to allow earlier interventions to avoid people losing their homes

  • increasing housebuilding to at least 300,000 new homes a year

  • restoring housing benefit for 18-21s

  • ending the Government's policy of forcing local authorities to sell high value council homes

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

"Britain is one of the richest places on earth, it is a stain on our nation's conscience that thousands of people are still sleeping rough in the streets every night."

"The Liberal Democrats have set out a clear plan to end the scourge of homelessness and ensure those at risk of losing their home are given the support they need."

"It is about time the Government stopped fuelling the housing crisis and started tackling it, by building more homes, restoring housing benefit for young people and clamping down on rogue landlords."

You can read the full motion, as passed by our conference, here.