Liberal Democrats in Hull have spoken out after a report released last week highlights concerns about the Housing Bill homelessness increase in communities across Britain.
The report by the Local Government Association (LGA) shows that:
- 78% of council said there would be an increase in homelessness.
- 90% of councils surveyed said their number of council homes would decrease.
- 74% of councils said the homes sold under RTB would not be replaced.
- 82% of council said there would be less estate regeneration.
Liberal Democrats nationally have called on the government to think again and change the proposed Bill to help families in housing need.
Councillor Mike Ross, Leader of Hull Lib Dems, said:
“That there is a rise of homelessness because of the Government’s housing reforms is utterly appalling. The most vulnerable people in our communities are being completely overlooked.
“Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to do a proper assessment of the impact of their housing reforms on those most in need.
“Nationally, a huge reduction in affordable housing is forecasted. The reforms from the Conservatives make clear they are intent on destroying housing for those most in need.
“This needs to be stopped before it’s too late. Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords have launched a major attack on the reforms and will be fighting them to the bitter end.”