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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 AvatarDav 3rd Mar - 4:29pm
    I have seen whips literally pushing people through the aye lobby and the no lobby, even if they are remonstrating and saying, ‘I don’t want...
  • User AvatarRuth Bright 3rd Mar - 4:21pm
    Stephen Donnelly I think Jenny being told that her children should be taken away by Social Services counts as abuse!
  • User AvatarDavid Allen 3rd Mar - 4:04pm
    “These are votes which can change the direction of the United Kingdom. Is it not right that they be attended with some pomp and ceremony...
  • User AvatarDav 3rd Mar - 4:04pm
    Actually, I rather agree with that particular argument. It’s got precious little to do with your original assertion that “five centuries of history and tradition...
  • User AvatarMalcolm Todd 3rd Mar - 3:56pm
    Dav "These are votes which can change the direction of the United Kingdom. Is it not right that they be attended with some pomp and...
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    Leekliberal 28th Feb '15 - 11:33am ........So Labour are to spend spend £2,000,000,000 of taxpayers money on subsidising only graduates with starting salaries of greater...