SHELTER: May not be a solution to the homless issue

PUBLISHED: 11:37 24 July 2008 | UPDATED: 08:33 02 June 2010

THE Wisbech Standard of Friday July 18 has on its front page the call by Stephen Barclay the conservative parliamentary candidate for Cambridgeshire North East, who wants Fenland District Council to provide £100,000 for a night shelter for the homeless in

THE Wisbech Standard of Friday July 18 has on its front page the call by Stephen Barclay the conservative parliamentary candidate for Cambridgeshire North East, who wants Fenland District Council to provide £100,000 for a night shelter for the homeless in the centre.

If Mr Barclay wants to spend £100,000 on the homeless he should provide these funds from his own pocket and not seek to use the power of the state to force already hard pressed council tax payers to cough up yet more money that is simply unnecessary.

However, if Mr Barclay REALLY wanted to help the homeless he would be calling for the abolition of all the unnecessary laws and red tape that stop landlords providing housing.

So why is Mr Barclay taking this stand? After all, it's far easier to call for other people to be taxed instead of dipping into ones own pocket so I bet this really isn't anything to do with the homeless. I bet this is much more to do with Mr Barclay getting his face on the front page of the local newspaper because he wants to get elected as an MP. Even though the Tories will be defending a large majority built up over the years by a respected local man, the retiring MP Malcolm Moss, Mr Barclay is not a local so he is doing this simply to get known.

ANDREW HUNT

Camargue Place

Wisbech

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