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Lib Dems publish plan to end rough sleeping

December 4, 2019 8:05 PM
By Rugby Lib Dems

RDG Hustings 2019The Liberal Democrats have set out a bold plan to end rough sleeping within five years, spanning social housing, welfare, local authority funding and legal changes.

The package of measures to prevent rough sleeping include:

  • Scrapping the Vagrancy Act
  • Introducing a "somewhere safe to stay" duty on local authorities to provide immediate emergency accommodation
  • Abolishing Section 21 "no fault" evictions
  • Increasing Local Housing Allowance payments
  • Providing accommodation and support for survivors of domestic abuse
  • Extending the "move on" period for refugees from 28 days to 56

The latest government figures show that, under the Conservatives, the number of rough sleepers in England on a single night has risen by 31 per cent since 2015, to 4,677. In 2018, 1,320 people were prosecuted under the Vagrancy Act, according to the homelessness charity Crisis.

Commenting, Liberal Democrats candidate for Rugby & Bulkington, Rana Das-Gupta, said:

"Nobody should have to spend a night sleeping on the streets. It is the most shameful example of the failure of this Conservative Government to provide a safety net for those who need it.

"The Conservatives are sitting on their hands, failing to protect the most vulnerable people in society. They haven't built enough social housing, their benefit cuts have made poverty worse, and they blocked Liberal Democrat efforts to repeal the cruel, Dickensian law that criminalises people just for sleeping rough.

"The plan the Liberal Democrats have set out will build a brighter future by ending rough sleeping within five years. We will make sure that everyone has a decent home so they can live with dignity."

Use of Vagrancy Act in Warwickshire should shame the Govt

https://rugbylibdems.org.uk/en/article/2019/1296170/use-of-vagrancy-act-in-warwickshire-should-shame-the-govt

Being homeless is not a crime - Gov should repeal the Vagrancy Act

https://rugbylibdems.org.uk/en/article/2019/1292152/being-homeless-is-not-a-crime-gov-should-repeal-the-vagrancy-act

Liberal Democrats Plans to end rough sleeping

https://www.libdems.org.uk/plan-roughsleeping