Lib Dems: Tories' failure on child homelessness is shameful
Responding to the report released today by Shelter that 135,000 children in Britain are homeless and living in temporary accommodation, which is the highest number in 12 years
Liberal Democrat candidate Nick Ireland said:
"It is unfathomable that in 2019 people don't have anywhere to call home. Weymouth & Portland has the highest rate of homelessness in Dorset, with one in 270 people were homeless last year. Analysis by housing and homelessness charity Shelter found that there were 243 people in Weymouth and Portland rough sleeping or living in temporary accommodation. Five homeless people died in Dorset last year bringing the total in the last six years to 16."
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Housing, Tim Farron said:
"No child should suffer the trauma of being made homeless, yet a lack of social housing and cuts to benefits are forcing hundreds of families out on the streets every week.
“This is just another shameful example of the Conservative's failure to provide a safety net for those in need, and the fact that some of the wealthiest areas in our country are hosting the highest number of homeless children also demonstrates how inequality has flourished under their leadership.
“The Lib Dems have outlined a plan for a better future, which ensures that everyone has a decent home and includes a commitment to building 100,000 new social homes. The other parties pay lip service to this goal, but only the Liberal Democrats have the clear and credible policies to actually achieve it.”