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Lockdown has shown that the UK can solve its homelessness crisis—if there is sufficient funding

The government should take the opportunity offered by the pandemic to provide permanent accommodation and support for rough sleepers

By Johannes Lenhard  

Photo: John Birdsall / Alamy Stock Photo

Covid-19 and last year’s first lockdown turned out to be a blessing in disguise for many people experiencing homelessness in the UK. The central government pushed the quickly devised Everyone In scheme through parliament which housed around 15,000 people and, according to a recent Lancet study, saved hundreds of lives.

Now, during the third lockdown, and with new more infectious and possibly more lethal variants of the virus spreading, cold temperatures have caught up with us. Winter is always particularly hard for rough sleepers, with significantly more people dying. Given those circumstances, it seems reasonable to…

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