In another stark symptom of the bleakness for many of life under Tory government, the latest statistics for homelessness reveal that rough sleeping has risen by 169% since the Tories took Downing Street in 2010
The number has risen by 15% – from 4,134 to 4,751 – in just the last year:
Twenty-four percent of rough sleepers are on the streets of London – an increase in the percentage since last year. Fourteen percent are female and eight percent are under twenty-five years old.
Homelessness is a far wider phenomenon than rough sleeping, with hundreds of thousands forced to endure short-term hostels and bedsits, but the sight of those forced to sleep on the streets and in doorways is one of the most graphic depictions of the ills of our society and the need for change.
The government statistics may represent just a part of the picture, however, as some homelessness charities say the real number of rough sleepers – and of homelessness in general – is far higher.
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