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Homeless deaths have happened on parliament’s doorstep—and still, politicians fail to act

As new figures show a record increase in homeless deaths, politicians walk past rough sleepers outside Parliament every day. So why is progress on tackling homelessness still so slow?

By Tara Jane O'Reilly  

A homeless man on the streets of Westminster. Photo: PA

The borough of Westminster is notorious for its poor handling of homelessness. I know that all too well; I experienced it myself. I was lucky to have a relative’s floor to sleep on while the council took four months to rehouse a mother and two teenagers.

Others aren’t so lucky. Across England and Wales, new figures show, homeless deaths have risen by record levels, with an average of two deaths a day. There is no excuse for politicians’ lack…

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