Research conducted by Bournemouth Liberal Democrats has uncovered the true scale of Bournemouth's shocking housing crisis.
Through submitting Freedom of Information requests to Bournemouth Borough Council, we have discovered that:
- Only 12 new social housing units were built in 2016/17, and in total only 364 have been built since 2010.
- Nearly 4,000 people are currently on the housing register, a figure which has not significantly reduced since 2012.
- Despite this, just 386 units became available for occupation in 2016 – meeting the needs of only 10% of those on the housing list.
- Homelessness has risen at an alarming rate, with official numbers of rough sleepers more than tripling since 2010, and the number of homelessness applications increasing from 102 in 2010, to more than 600 last year.
National housing supply figures released this month by the Government also show that Bournemouth is in the lowest category for provision of new social housing.
Education is at the heart of what Liberal Democrats stand for. It is the key to freedom and opportunity, and a vital part of creating the fairer society our Party seeks to build.
We believe in a society where every young person, no matter what their background or circumstance, can grow up to achieve anything they set their mind to.
At the 2017 General Election the Conservatives proposed cuts to school budgets that would have hit every school in Bournemouth. These could have led to losses totaling £5.3 million across Bournemouth - the equivalent of 142 full-time teachers, or nearly £300 per pupil.
The Liberal Democrats fought these proposals and the Conservatives were forced to rethink their plans. Sadly, the cuts they now have in mind would still see most of Bournemouth's schools suffer badly but we will continue to stand up for our local schools.
We believe that Britain’s best chance to succeed is within the EU. Liberal Democrats are the only party that has consistently championed Britain’s membership of the European Union.
Although we respect the results of the June 2016 referendum, we continue believe that the British people must have the right to vote on the final deal with Europe. As time goes by the facts of Brexit are becoming clearer and it is becoming more evident that voters who initially favoured leaving the EU are changing their minds.
We will always fight to protect our health and care system, and ensure it can carry on delivering for future generations. We recently announced an extra 1p on income tax to fund the NHS and social care.
The tax would raise an additional £65.2 million for Bournemouth and Dorset, with £58 million for Dorset NHS and £7.2 million for social care in Bournemouth each year.