The Labour-run Oxford City Council have been caught buying one-way bus, train and plane tickets for hundreds people who are homeless since 2014, effectively evicting them from the city.
While national government’s sweeping cuts have led to councils dodging their responsibilities on homelessness, regrettably Oxford’s Labour-run City Council has been no different. They have been caught buying one-way bus, train and plane tickets for hundreds people who are homeless, effectively evicting them from the city.
According to the City Council’s own figures, the Labour-run administration has bought one- way tickets out of Oxford for over 700 people since they started running the council in 2008.
This follows years of Labour councillors showing contempt for homeless people. They have introduced homeless fines and removed sleeping bags from rough sleepers. One Labour councillor said “I’d like to go up to a rough sleeper and say ‘you are a disgrace’.”
Commenting, Conor McKenzie, local resident and Oxford Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Homelessness & Rough Sleeping, said:
“We need compassionate solutions. Local Liberal Democrats have consistently offered them, including better winter support, greater support service investment, and secure, long-term housing.”