The Homelessness Epidemic Gets Worse, Highest Number Of Rough Sleepers Since National Count Began

The good Mr Void describes here the massive increase in homelessness under the Tories. The numbers sleeping rough have doubled since the Tories weren’t elected in 2010. The lowest point for the number of people sleeping rough on the streets was in 2002. This was a few years after Bliar launched a new government department and initiative to combat the problem.

As Mr Void discusses later in the article, these figures may not accurately report the true number of homeless people. It only covers those sleeping on the streets, not in abandoned buildings, locked parks, or those in nightshelters or hostels. It also does not cover the hidden homeless living with friends and relatives or staying in temporary accommodation. There are 60,000 families living like this, and the total number of this hidden homeless may be 400,000.

The article considers that this is due to Tory welfare reforms. And it’s going to get worse, much worse, especially when the Tories remove housing benefit for the under 25s.

the void

rough-sleeping-graphThe UK’s homelessness epidemic is growing worse as statistics show there are more people sleeping on the streets in our city centres than at any point since national records began in 1998.

Rough sleeping has leapt by over 50% across England since the current Government weren’t elected going from 1,768 people in 2010 to an unprecedented 2,744 in 2014.  Despite Boris’ claim he would end rough sleeping in the capital by 2012, the number of street homeless people in London has almost doubled from 415 to 742 people between 2010 and 2014.

The first national street count was carried out in 1998 when 1,850 people were estimated to be sleeping rough in the UK according to homelessness charity Crisis.  By 2002 it had fallen to 585.  Since then it has more than quadrupled and the rise shows no sign of slowing – rough sleeping in London jumped by 37%…

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