Give Cornwall the resources it needs to house rough sleepers


The Liberal Democrats have called on the Government to "equip Cornwall Council with the financial resources needed" to accommodate all rough sleepers locally.

The call comes in response to reports that the Government has written to local councils asking them to find homes for all rough sleepers to protect them from the coronavirus outbreak.

Liberal Democrats have consistently been campaigning for a clear strategy to protect homeless people from catching coronavirus, including calling for empty offices and hotel rooms to be requisitioned to ensure homeless and other vulnerable people can self-isolate.

According to the latest official figures, 24 people in Cornwall were estimated to be sleeping rough on a single night in autumn 2019.

Ruth Gripper, Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesperson for Truro and Falmouth said:

"The coronavirus crisis is an unprecedented threat and is leaving the most vulnerable in our communities at risk.

"The Government must equip Cornwall Council with the financial resources needed to provide sufficient secure emergency accommodation to meet demand.

"Ministers must also make specialist support available to those who struggle with addiction or other mental health issues, as is the case for so many people sleeping rough right across the UK."

Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran added:

"It is right that the Government is taking urgent action to find secure accommodation for rough sleepers, as Liberal Democrats have called for since this crisis began.

"Ultimately, this announcement must be the first step towards long term efforts to end rough sleeping, not just in the face of the current crisis. The Government can make that commitment today by supporting my Bill to scrap the Vagrancy Act, repealing a Dickensian law which needlessly criminalises rough sleepers."

 

Back the Lib Dems call to end the cruel and outdated Vagrancy Act: https://www.libdems.org.uk/vagrancy-act


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