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Speed data: Just how bad is Britain’s homelessness problem?

Growing numbers of people can’t rely on a roof over their head

By Tom Clark   March 2019

Out on the streets Not long ago rough sleeping had become rare, but it’s back with a vengence

Sleeping bags, tents and shivering bodies are increasingly evident on our streets. Tallying up people who have, almost by definition, fallen through the system is inherently imprecise. But official figures point to a 170 per cent rise in rough sleeping since austerity bit—reversing a decade of progress before the recession. The numbers were calculated differently then, but the trend was the opposite—sharply downwards.

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