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In 2018, the government must act to fix Britain’s homelessness crisis

A new report by the Public Accounts Committee makes clear the immense human cost of government policy

By Meg Hillier  

Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images

Back in 1994 when B&Bs were routinely used as temporary accommodation for homeless people I thought it could not get any worse. But in 2018 the reality of homelessness is even more disgraceful.

The cross-party Public Accounts Committee, of which I am chair, has been examining the government’s approach to housing and homelessness. Our recent “Homeless Households” report highlights the folly of policies which do nothing to solve homelessness, ramp up human misery—and still end up costing more money. The government’s approach to tackling…

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