Over 11,000 homes across England have stood empty for more than ten years despite the housing crisis and rising homelessness, new research shows.
Figures were collected by the Liberal Democrats through freedom of information requests to from 275 councils.
They revealed how 60,000 properties have been empty for two years or more, 23,000 for five years or more, and a total of 216,000 homes across the country have been empty for six months.
These are shocking figures compared to the amount of homeless people in the country.
Over 11,000 homes across England have stood empty for more than ten years, according to new research by the Liberal Democrats
More than 9,000 people are sleeping rough on the streets, a number that has increased 134 per cent in the past six years, a report by MPs found.
The Public Accounts Committee also warned that over 78,000 households are living in temporary accommodation. This number has increased by 60 per cent since 2010.
Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrats (pictured), said it is a 'scandal' that homes are empty whilst the homelessness crisis is worsening.
Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrats told the Guardian: 'At a time when the homelessness crisis is