The Big Issue believes that there must be a focus on ending poverty in Britain. And the only REAL way to break the poverty cycle is to work to prevent it taking hold. It’s why we need a real shift, to a new, systematic strategy of prevention.
Led by Big Issue founder Lord John Bird, we’re pushing for a Poverty Prevention Unit to keep the spotlight on poverty. The £78bn plus that governments spend every year on the consequences of poverty would be much better targeted by prevention.
We’ve challenged every major party leader in Britain to back our call for a non-partisan unit, which would put poverty prevention right at the heart of national decision-making. A team of people who would keep ministers’ feet to the fire, and ensure this BIGGEST ISSUE can’t be kicked into the long grass.
All party leaders are in agreement on this. Here, Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron responds to The Big Issue’s prevention plan…
“Fighting poverty and homelessness isn’t just an afterthought for me. It’s the cause that motivated me to get into politics in the first place, after watching Cathy Come Home aged 14. And today – in 21st century Britain – more than 4,000 people are sleeping on the streets. That is a scandal and it must end.
One of the first policies I announced in this election campaign was a commitment to end rough sleeping in Britain
That’s why one of the first Liberal Democrat policies I announced in this election campaign was a commitment to end rough sleeping in Britain. We will do this by ensuring that emergency accommodation and supported housing are adequately funded, but also by investing in homelessness prevention and restoring housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds.