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How to fix… rough sleeping: Listen to episode five of Prospect’s new podcast

With Dawn Foster, Bob Blackman and Juha Kaakinen

By Steve Bloomfield  

More than 4,000 people were sleeping rough in England in 2016. That figure is higher than it was in 2015; indeed, it’s a figure that’s been rising every year since 2010. And those are the official figures. Research by Crisis puts the real figure at 9,000—and they believe it could grow by three-quarters in the next decade.

As the worst form of homelessness, rough sleeping is only the tip of the iceberg. It’s estimated that around a quarter of a million people in the UK are homeless—living in hostels or squats, cars or tents. 

In this week’s show, Steve Bloomfield and Stephanie Boland are joined by:

  • Bob Blackman, MP for Harrow East
  • Dawn Foster, Guardian columnist
  • Juha Kaakinen, chief executive, Y-Foundation

Get in touch

Steve on Twitter / Steph on Twitter 

Further reading

House of Commons Library Briefing paper on rough sleeping.

Y-Foundation in Finland.

You can find Dawn Foster’s work at the Guardian here.

And here’s the piece in the New Statesmans from 2008 that Steph mentions.

You can read the Homelessness Reduction act in full here.


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