Amid fears that homeless shelters will face big funding cuts, Tim Farron visits the Salvation Army drop-in centre on Oxford Street to hear the impact this would have on people's lives and lend a hand with Christmas lunch.
The UK Government are proposing cuts to social rents in their Welfare Reform and Work Bill. These cuts could cost the Salvation Army up to £1.5million over the next four years. Liberal Democrats, led by Tim Farron, have called for homeless shelters to be protected from Government welfare reforms.
On a visit to the Salvation Army centre on Oxford Street, Tim Farron said:
“The Salvation Army put their faith into action to provide safety, security and a sense of self-worth for people whose lives have been turned upside-down. It was a pleasure to meet guests at the drop-in centre while they enjoyed their Christmas Dinner and discuss with staff the funding cuts that homeless charities are facing.
“It is ludicrous for homeless shelters like theirs to be caught up in the net of welfare cuts when they meet the needs of some of the most vulnerable people in the UK. With rising rents and a huge shortage of affordable homes, residential homeless shelters are needed now more than ever.”
Lib Dem peers will vote for homeless shelters to be exempt from the Government's social rent cuts as they discuss the Bill.