Homelessness on the rise locally

November 25, 2018 12:26 PM

Liberal Democrat campaigner Barry HollidayHousing and Homelessness charity Shelter latest report 'Homelessness in Great Britain: the numbers behind the story' shows that homelessness is increasing across the country and is on the rise here in the East Midlands.

The estimated total number of people homeless across Great Britain is believed to be 320,000. It fell in the South West by 8% but has risen here in the East Midlands by 6% meaning now an estimated 1 in 655 people in our region are homeless.

Liberal Democrat candidate for Derby North, Barry Holliday, said:

"It is an absolute disgrace that hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people have been left without a roof over their head. The Government's failure to look after these people is nothing short of a dereliction of duty.

"It doesn't need to be this way. Conservative Ministers need to recognise the urgent need to build more social homes. Lib Dems have been calling for 50,000 social houses to be built every year, rising to 100,000 as soon as possible. The Government also need to ensure that housing benefits are sufficient for covering rent and bring the thousands of vacant properties across the country back into use."