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Layla Moran: Homeless people need us to find the money to put a roof over their heads

March 1, 2018 4:09 PM
In article previously published on Liberal Democrat Voice
Originally published by Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council

Speaking in the House of Commonts, Layla Moran expressed disbelief that funding to tackle homelesness was being cut by Government when the supply of housing was going down and homelessness was rising due to Universal Credit. She highlighted the case of a constituent, a mother who works full time, who couldn't find somewhere she could afford. How did we get to this stage, she asked.

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Layla MoranLiberal Democrat MP, Layla Moran, led the section on homelessness. This was not the first time she has tackled this issue in the House of Commons. Last month she introduced a private Member's Bill aimed at repealing the archaic Vagrancy Act 1824, a Dickensian law that is no longer fit for purpose.‚Äč

In her speech Layla said, "Liberal Democrats would like to see a more ambitious programme of house building, but one that aims to be truly affordable - not 80% of market value - and that, critically, also includes rented housing. We have yet to hear from the Government how they are going to achieve that, in the latest Budget or elsewhere.

"We also need to consider that people become homeless for a number of other reasons, the most common of which is the end of a private tenancy. Decreasing numbers of houses available for social rent means that local ‚Äčauthorities are having to rely on private accommodation providers. This accommodation is often of a poor standard and does not offer value for money. There is a problem with landlords who do not want to accept people in receipt of housing allowance, and we suspect that universal credit will make this situation much worse."

To read Layla's speech in full click here.