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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 AvatarStephen Hesketh 30th Oct - 3:49pm
    @JohnTilley30th Oct '14 - 12:56pm ** The problem is as Simon Banks points out –“..the social and belief profile of Green supporters is close to...
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    Re: will the new HS line use British or European loading gauge? You largely answered this question in the preceding sentence "As the plan is...
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    Toby Matthews In such a way, a struggling seaside town or Scottish city may face London on equal terms. They will not have the assets...
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    @JohnTilley: I think the time has come for you to leave the Lib Dems and join the Greens! I do find myself agreeing with almost...
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    @Roland: "Hence if the LibDems (or other parties) wish to pick up Green votes, I suggest they need to provide sufficient Green policies to be...
  • User AvatarSophie 30th Oct - 3:08pm
    >Jenny October has indeed been warm, an Indian summer, a phrase that has been in use since the 1700s. Not sure this is a great...