Liberal Democrats call for homeless shelters to be saved from cuts


Liberal Democrats have called for homeless shelters to be protected from Government welfare reforms amid concerns of the impact of punishing cuts to social rents

Charities have said threatened funding cuts, which are buried in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, will mean fewer beds and fewer staff.

The cuts could hit a wide range of supported accommodation, including projects for homeless people and victims of domestic violence.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron visited the Salvation Army’s drop-in centre, in Oxford Street, on Wednesday (December 9) to find out about the organisation’s work.

 There are concerns that changes to social rents could cost the Salvation Army up to £1.5 million over the next four years.

He said: “This is yet another example of George Osborne’s ideological cuts to welfare, which simply go too far and punish those who really don’t deserve it.