Cllr Luisa Porritt has called on Camden’s Labour council to reverse its planned cuts to homelessness services in the Borough. Presenting the Liberal Democrats’ amendments to the Council’s Budget plans for 2020-2021, she said:
“Camden has the fourth highest number of people sleeping on its streets in Britain, and a homeless person dies on average once a month in its hostels. More money is being taken out of homelessness prevention and temporary accommodation services by Labour than the amount invested. This is not working for our borough. That’s why for the second year running, the Liberal Democrats identify funding to protect homelessness services from Labour’s sharp cuts”.
The Liberal Democrat plans – rejected by Labour - would have seen additional funding of £800,000 over two years – avoiding cuts to homelessness services including health provision, preventive services and adult hostels, and funding for a scoping study for an all-year round night shelter for young people.