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The Independent View: A strong agenda for the most disadvantaged – an opportunity for Liberal leadership?

Rough sleeper, Embankment, London - Some rights reserved by Dedly SiriusFifteen years ago this month New Labour heralded their intent to tackle complex and intractable social problems by launching a dedicated social exclusion unit within government. Fifteen years on, the challenges facing people with complex problems such as mental health issues, homelessness and substance misuse are still very real. In fact, there are indications that these problems are on the rise. Last year saw a 14 per cent increase in the number of homeless households. Rough sleepers are growing in number – up 43% across last year in London. There is a need for

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  • User Avatarmatt 27th Jun - 1:00am
    well what is the purpose of saying you think 4% of people changed their mind since they cast that vote. even if those 4% had...
  • User AvatarSimon Shaw 27th Jun - 12:32am
    @matt "Where is the evidence to support such a claim??" I don't need evidence and I'm not make a claim. I'm saying what I think....
  • User AvatarChristopher Tanner 27th Jun - 12:28am
    Regarding the lessons from the 1979 Scottish Devolution vote, it is a pity we did not insist on similar conditions being placed on this one....
  • User Avatarmatt 27th Jun - 12:12am
    @Simon Shaw "And I’m saying that I think since Thursday that at least 4% of the people have decided they made a mistake." Where is...
  • User AvatarLoz 27th Jun - 12:06am
    @Simon - 4% of how many polled? if you are talking about Lord Ashcroft's poll then it was not asked of 17million people. The majority...
  • User AvatarCaron Lindsay 27th Jun - 12:03am
    Jennie is also one of my favourite people in the entire universe and one of the great universal truths of the party is that she's...