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Surge in rough sleeping shows more funding needed to prevent homelessness

by Steve Beasant on 25 January, 2018

More funding is needed urgently to tackle rough sleeping – find out why.

The following article was written by the Lib Dem Leader Vince Cable and published today on the Lib Dem Website.

Vince Cable

Rough sleeping in England rose by 15% in the year to autumn 2017, according to new government figures. 

A 15% rise in rough sleeping is shameful and shows the Conservatives have failed to take real action to tackle the housing crisis.

The number of rough sleepers is hard to record and so these figures are likely to be an understatement of the full extent of the crisis.

Until the Government commits to the funding needed to prevent homelessness and builds more genuinely affordable homes, and invests properly in mental health care, the number of rough sleepers will continue to rise at a shocking pace.

This is why I’m putting tackling rough sleeping, and the wider issue of homelessness, at the heart of my leadership of the Liberal Democrats.

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