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Liberal Democrats call for an end to Rough Sleeping

March 2, 2018 9:30 AM

Liberal Democrats will tackle homelessnessBirmingham Liberal Democrats have unveiled an Action Plan to end rough sleeping in Birmingham

Before we can tackle rough sleeping, we need to know the real extent of the problem. The Council claimed that during their recent count there were only 57 rough sleepers across the whole of Birmingham, anyone can see this is clearly not the case and doesn't included the thousands of hidden homeless who are sofa surfing or in temporary accommodation.

The Liberal Democrats Action Plan

  • Conduct a proper count of rough sleepers, working with homeless charities and outreach teams to identify the full extent of the problem
  • Develop a co-ordinated approach between all partners working to support rough sleepers, the hidden homeless, as well as those vulnerable to becoming homeless
  • Increase the current out-of-hours provision to provide more support and extend support to areas out of the city centre
  • Introduce a Housing First policy across Birmingham, where rough sleepers are offered a home and support to tackle the causes of their homelessness, help them become self-sufficient as well offering mental health and physical health support
  • Reform the Council's housing policies and look to provide high standard temporary accommodation rather than forcing people into substandard Bed and Breakfast accomodation

The Liberal Democrats are also calling for better and proper regulation of hostel, homes of multiple occupation and private landlords, improving the standard of homes across our area and giving tenants more security of tenure.

We will also use the current powers the Council has to bring more empty homes back into use and ensure new properties are built to a high environmental standard and there are a significant number of affordable homes.