The Liberal Democrats have urged the government to take action on sharply rising homelessness by making the nation’s pavements more comfortable to lie down on.
‘We Liberal Democrats are entirely content with the Government’s plan to cut everything drastically and immediately, potentially making thousands more people homeless,’ said Lib Dem peer Shirley Williams. ‘But I understand concrete is terribly hard and cold. If Britain’s pavements were more comfortable perhaps it wouldn’t be such a trauma for people to lose their jobs and homes and prospects.’
Chancellor George Osborne is said to be ‘sympathetic’ to the idea of scattering cushions on pavements, but agreed that the underlying problem was the rising level of homelessness. ‘Oh absolutely, homelessness is a terrible thing.’ he said. ‘It’s going to make me look like an awful Chancellor, for instance.’