MORE ROUGH SLEEPERS
THE number of people without homes who have been forced to sleep on the streets jumped to record highs last year.
More and more rough sleepers unable to find a bed for the night can be found in shop doorways and tents in towns all over the country. Official figures show that 4,751 were counted at the end of last year, but homeless charities such as Crisis, say that the numbers are much higher. A further 9,000 people are thought to be sleeping in tents, cars, trains and buses.
Jon Sparkes, the Chief Executive of Crisis said: “It is truly a catastrophe.”
Both men and women are sleeping in freezing and dangerous conditions because they have nowhere else to go. There are nowhere near enough places at night in hostels for everyone to stay inside – and the problem is getting worse.
Most rough sleepers are over the age of 25 and there are lots of reasons why they end up on the streets. It can be down to their rent going up, breaking up with a partner, illness or losing their job. Whatever the reason, the street is a cold and unfriendly place to be, especially in winter.
The Government says that it aims to end rough sleeping by 2027. There will be more money to deal with the problem and a task force to find new ways to help the homeless.