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Government policy 'boosting LGBT homelessness'

GOVERNMENT policy is leading to increased numbers of homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual (LGBT) people, trade union activists at the TUC LGBT conference said yesterday.

According to research institute NatCen, LGBT people are among minority groups who have found themselves disproportionately affected by Con-Dem cuts to jobs and public services. 

“Austerity cuts have lead to increasing demand on tailored services for LGBT users exactly at the time they are being cut,” said Unison delegate Anu Prashar. 

Contrary to Prime Minister David Cameron’s motto, Ms Prashar argued that “we are not all in this together.” 

With fewer than 12 months until the general election, delegates from several unions took a stand by speaking out against the Con-Dem coalition. 

Earlier in the day Labour MP Gloria de Piero promised that Labour would keep pushing Tories and Lib Dems wherever their policies were falling behind. 

The Ashfield MP said that her party was prepared to end the “hated bedroom tax,” which has affected many within the LGBT community. 

In her speech opening conference, Ms Piero also blasted backwards views at the heart of the Tory’s new education curriculum, saying: “There is no place for the sort of prejudice we’ve seen in some text books in our schools.” 

But Ms Piero found it hard to answer delegates’ questions around Labour’s position on returning school management powers to local authorities. 

And a motion — which included a call to lobby the Labour party on LGBT issues — was passed unanimously. 


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