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MP Adrian Sanders raises issue of threat to Torbay homeless hostel in Parliament

By Herald Express  |  Posted: January 12, 2014

warning:   Bay MP Adrian Sanders

warning: Bay MP Adrian Sanders

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THE threat to the future of Torquay's homeless hostel has been raised in Parliament.

The Leonard Stocks Centre at Factory Row is facing damaging grant cuts by Torbay Council and volunteers running the centre have warned it could face closure.

Torbay Lib Dem MP Adrian Sanders has warned the £150,000 grant cut proposed by Tory mayor Gordon Oliver could affect many dozens of vulnerable people.

He told the House of Commons: "A huge range of hostels and temporary accommodation schemes have been the bulwark of the response to homelessness, quite often for those who do not fit the priority needs assessments of local authorities, as well as those who do.

"Many are run by local charities and although they often have generous benefactors, they are reliant on public funding to stay solvent.

"The government's strategy from 2012 was accompanied by promises that funding for such organisations would be protected as much as possible, with more than £400million being devolved to local authorities and voluntary groups."

Mr Sanders added: "Unfortunately, that does not lead to steady investment on the ground.

"More than half of all homelessness services are seeing cuts in their funding, and that will become far worse when local authorities start to make cuts for 2014 onwards.

"In my constituency, for example, the elected mayor is consulting on cutting £150,000 from the Leonard Stocks Centre. If that goes through, it would make the whole project financially unviable and leave many dozens of vulnerable people every year with nowhere else to go. We urgently need a solution to stop local authorities cutting these services indefinitely. If the government were to look at a ring fence or upgrading the statutory protections for homeless people, we could see a great improvement and not the impending social disaster that might occur in my constituency and in other places."

He is awaiting a response from government.

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  • CheAcne  |  January 13 2014, 2:36PM

    Which master will the Lib Dem lap dog run to next.

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  • CheAcne  |  January 13 2014, 1:01PM

    What kind of world do you live in Sinjis. You can't blame UKIP for appealing to the masses and getting their vote and taking it away from other parties. Vote UKIP for change. UKIP have many values that will appeal to working class voters in this country, the people Labour have abandoned, many ex labour voters will be attracted by UKIP. The Lib Dems have been distroyed, where that vote goes will probably decide the next election.

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  • Sinjis_Things  |  January 13 2014, 12:27PM

    UKIP could actually cause the Labour party to win the next election. In constituencies where there is a Conservative MP UKIP will split the right wing vote between them and the Tories then the Labour candidate will win. If this happens across the country Mr Miliband will be PM and UKIP will have no one to blame except for themselves.

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  • nicold  |  January 13 2014, 11:03AM

    Trotsky - You realise of course UKIP haven't an earthly chance of giving us a referendum, as they will not be in power. The Tories on the other hand have promised a referendum if they get into power next election...not that I would vote for them in a million years!

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  • TrotskyCod  |  January 12 2014, 11:04PM

    One thing IS for sure, the Lib Dems are dead in the water.

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  • TrotskyCod  |  January 12 2014, 10:44PM

    UKIP have been deliberatly isolated and demonised by the liberal press lead by the BBC. They may well become the majority party at the next european elections. The press who isolate them from the cosy '3 in a bed' live TV debates will have to change their tune and wake up to the single party who are appealing en masse to millions of disillusioned voters. The political landscape may look very different after the next elections. What you see as vulgarity in Farage, the public are seeing as refreshing honesty.

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  • Sinjis_Things  |  January 12 2014, 10:22PM

    One thing TrotskyCod . Before UKIP can offer us a referendum the need a majority in the House of Commons and going on their current form of having no MPs and losing their deposits in quite a few the seats they contested in the last election it'll be sometime in the 22nd or 23rd century before that becomes anything like reality and by then no-one will be worrying about it. So they might as well be a budget hotel chain with the obnoxious and vulgar Nigel Farage as a Basil Fawlty type character in charge of the place.

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  • Caligula  |  January 12 2014, 6:47PM

    Lets not forget that on the one hand this government has stopped paying social security benefits to hundreds of thousands of British citizens, some of who's ancestors fought and died fighting for this country in every war dating back to1066 and further to make this country a better place for future generations of their children's children to live in, while on the other hand this government is paying social security benefits to hundreds of thousands of eastern European migrants who came to live in the UK the day before yesterday…………………………………………………................ ........................................................................................................... A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. George Bernard Shaw

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  • TrotskyCod  |  January 12 2014, 6:33PM

    No Sinjis, that is just how they are portrayed in the press. UKIP are our most democratic party, they will offer us a referendum on europe and let the people chose. The three main liberal careerist parties will just do what they please with little regard to the publics view, even in a democracy. UKIP will offer us a vote, they won't just take us out, we will decide. I like the idea of democracy and I'm pro european. Only UKIP are offering this choice. UKIP are not a far right party but a party that actually have a great deal in common with the working class, the people Labour used to represent. Whether you are left wing, right wing, or somewhere in the middle like me UKIP are the only party strong enough to say, here are the facts, you decide. They will get my vote for that.

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  • Sinjis_Things  |  January 12 2014, 5:05PM

    I though UKIP was a cheap hotel chain to rival Travelodge.

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