Ho­tel claims are mis­lead­ing

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Views -

I’m writ­ing in re­sponse to your re­cent ar­ti­cle en­ti­tled “Gov­ern­ment hits back at ‘mis­lead­ing’ claims over £1m Pe­ter­bor­ough City Coun­cil ho­tel bill for home­less fam­i­lies ”- which I had to read twice!

Why? Well, firstly, I couldn’t be­lieve the To­rycon­trolled city coun­cil were plan­ning on do­ing a deal with es­tate agents Stef and Philips

Ltd who’ve bought 74 prop­er­ties from a “pri­vate provider” at St Michael’s Gate off Keys Park, Parn­well, with the plan be­ing to re­move the present ten­ants, so the lo­cal author­ity can use the prop­er­ties to then put home­less peo­ple in.

And se­condly, be­cause the Tories plan to spend £1.2 mil­lion on putting home­less fam­i­lies in T rave lodges!

What an ab­so­lute fail­ure and dis­gust­ing stance by the Con­ser­va­tive con­trolled City Coun­cil in Pe­ter­bor­ough!

Home­less­ness has in­creased 60 per­cent in our city since 2012, and since the Tories took con­trol of the City Coun­cil in 2000, I’ve never seen any­thing of sub­stance from them to ad­dress the issue se­ri­ously!

In fact, I’m re­minded­ofthe way they forced the or­gan­i­sa­tion St Theresa’s (who sup­ported home­less peo­ple in the city) out of their venue in Manor House Street in 2009, some­thing I cam­paigned on at the time.

At the time St Theresa’s re­ceived £19,000 per an­num from the coun­cil – less than it costs to run the Mayor’s car dur­ing that pe­riod!

Lib­eral Democrats have re­cently called for the Con­ser­va­tive Gov­ern­ment to pro­vide an ad­di­tional £60 mil­lion to be spent on tack­ling the soar­ing rates of home­less­ness in the UK. This forms part of the party’s com­pre­hen­sive plan to tackle the root causes of home­less­ness.

The char­ity Shel­ter has pre­vi­ously said: “Most peo­ple are only three pay pack­ets away from home­less­ness” and with this in mind, I would strongly call upon peo­ple to con­tact their lo­cal coun­cil­lors via www.write­tothem. com and de­mand they take the issue of home­less­ness in Pe­ter­bor­ough se­ri­ously!

And of course if your read­ers want to let me know their thoughts, you can find me at www.face­book.com/CllrD- ar­renFower or www.twit­ter. com/Cll­rDar­renFower Cllr Dar­ren Fower Gun­thorpe Lib Dem

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