Q&A – Richard was contacted about the rising levels of homelessness in the UK
Richard: "I am particularly grateful for you welcoming Liberal Democrats policy to end rough sleeping. As a long-time supporter of Shelter, and with a particular concern for the young LGBT community, for whom this is often a critical concern, I strongly support my party in this.
You will also know of the work led by Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Norman Lamb on ensuring equal recognition for mental health, and to ensure that money is put into making treatment and subsequent care always available when needed.
While there can be many causes that leave people on the street, it is clear that with funds and dedicated action we can help people to turn their lives around. Evidence suggests that supporting people and giving them long-term, stable places to stay is far more successful in tackling homelessness than constantly moving them to different temporary accommodation.
The Liberal Democrats have set out a series of measures to end rough sleeping, including introducing a Housing First provider in each local authority that would put long-term homeless people straight into independent homes rather than emergency shelters.
And because the issue of homelessness goes beyond rough sleeping, with far too many people trapped in what is supposed to be temporary accommodation, often for years. Liberal Democrats are committed to building more homes, and making them properly affordable, starting with the many brownfield sites that should be redeveloped."