Over a thousand homes in the Vale of White Horse, Cherwell and Oxford City are empty, with some stood vacant for ten years or more, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.
The figures, uncovered through Freedom of Information requests, show that the Vale of White Horse has 368 empty properties, Cherwell has 376 and a further 337 are unoccupied in Oxford City.
MP for Oxford West and Abingdon Layla Moran said: “The homelessness crisis is worsening, and we all will have witnessed people sleeping out in the cold on our streets. It is a scandal that so many houses locally are sitting empty as individuals and families face 2018 without a home.
“With hostels closing and the shelter Julian Housing set to be decommissioned in April of this year, far more needs to be done. Local authorities should make use of Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMO), powers used to take over properties that have been empty for at least two years.
“But most of all the Government needs to urgently review cuts to funding. Our communities are suffering from the failure to build enough affordable homes. The impact of welfare cuts is clearly forcing more people onto our streets and leaving others in inadequate, temporary accommodation.
“It is why the Lib Dems want Local Plans to take into account at least 15 years of future housing need – focusing on long-term development and community needs.”