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Homelessness is on the rise

Issue No. 2314

The number of people in Britain without a home has rocketed by 25 percent in the past three years, new research has found.

More than 50,000 people are now homeless with the biggest rise in the east of England. The government’s slashing of council budgets has accelerated the rise.

Health data analysts SSentif carried out the research. Their director Judy Aldred said, “In Birmingham, where homelessness increased 25 percent from 2009-10 to 2010-11, spend dropped from £7.8?million to £5.5?million.”

Duncan Shrubsole, director of housing charity Crisis said the figures “highlight that whilst demand is rising, spending on local homelessness services is being cut.

“We are building just a fraction of the new homes we need, while government cuts to housing benefit are hitting households.”

This rise from 40,020 to 50,290 people with nowhere to live is the latest indication that the government cares only for the rich.

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Tue 31 Jul 2012, 16:51 BST
Issue No. 2314
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