Dramatic Rough Sleeping Rise In England Condemned As ‘Disgraceful’

26 Feb

Benefit tales

There has been a dramatic rise in the number of people sleeping rough in England since the coalition came to power, it has been revealed.

The grim news came courtesy of the government, which put the number on the streets at 2,414 in the autumn. This was 105 more than the previous year and a 37% increase since 2010.

Campaigners and opposition politicians blamed government spending cuts.

Homeless charity Crisis said the rise was “unacceptable”. Chief executive Leslie Morphy, said: “Behind these statistics are more and more real lives being devastated by the traumatic experience of homelessness. The Government must take real steps to address the chronic lack of affordable housing and urgently consider the impact its cuts are having, particularly to housing benefit and local homelessness services

There was a small drop in the numbers in London, which accounts for a fifth of the total.

Labour said the…

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