The Liberal Democrats have today launched their plan to end rough sleeping within five years.
The latest figures reveal the number of people sleeping rough in Bradford has increased by 140% since 2016.
The Liberal Democrats have announced a package of measures to prevent rough sleeping in Bradford. This includes increasing funding for local authorities to ensure those at risk of sleeping rough are provided with emergency accommodation and that shelter is provided for survivors of domestic abuse.
The party would also ensure introduce longer term tenancies and limits on annual rent increases.
The Liberal Democrats have also called for the Vagrancy Act to be scrapped so that rough sleepers are no longer criminalised.
Liberal Democrat candidate Jeanette Sunderland for Bradford East added:
“Nobody should have to spend a night sleeping on the streets. It is the most shameful example of the failure of this Conservative Government to provide a safety net for those who need it.
“The Conservatives are sitting on their hands, failing to protect the most vulnerable people in society. They haven’t built enough social housing, their benefit cuts have made poverty worse, and they blocked Liberal Democrat efforts to repeal the cruel, Dickensian law that criminalises people just for sleeping rough.
“The plan we’re setting out today will build a brighter future by ending rough sleeping in Bradford within five years. We will make sure that everyone has a decent home so they can live with dignity."