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Homelessness Tsar is hiding the truth

Issue No. 1712

Homelessness Tsar is hiding the truth

The government's "Homelessness Tsar" boasted last week that she had made "good progress", and that the number of rough sleepers has fallen by a third in two years.

Louise Casey infamously stated last year that charities were encouraging homeless people by giving them sleeping bags and soup. Casey's self congratulatory report shows that she has been moderately successful in driving people off the streets, but in reality her policies hide a bigger scandal.

Shaks Ghosh, chief executive of the charity Crisis, points out, "I am worried about the numbers of people who are coming off the streets only to be warehoused in hostels, emergency shelters, and other temporary accommodation for months and even years."

Crisis says there is a "hidden homeless" population of 400,000, including people in squats, bed and breakfasts, and sleeping on friends' sofas. These people could become the next wave of rough sleepers.


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Sat 2 Sep 2000, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1712
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