The number of empty homes across Kingston has significantly fallen since the Lib Dems lost power in 2014 after recent statistics revealed that there are now just under 400 empty homes across the Borough.
It had recently been claimed by Lib Dem’s in election leaflets that Kingston’s Conservative led council had not been using the powers at their disposal well enough to help reduce the number of empty homes from over 400 to provide extra housing. A Lib Dem candidate for Norbiton Ward claimed that,
At a time when the homelessness crisis is worsening and more people are sleeping out on our streets in the cold, it is a scandal that so many homes locally are sitting empty.
However under a Freedom of Information (FOI) request submitted in January 2012, the then Liberal Democrat Council revealed that there were over 660 empty homes empty across the Borough.