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New figures released by the UK government show that the numbers of those officially classed as homeless has jumped 14% in one year.The numbers for 2011 were 48,510 — a big increase from 42,390 in 2010.
The news comes just days after another drop of official data showed the number of people sleeping rough in England was up 23 per cent between Autumn 2010 and Autumn 2011.
Homelessness had long been a problem on the wane in the UK, but the large rise bucks that trend. The disturbing figures seem to show the very physical effect that the UK’s ailing economy is having on its citizens.
“Our worst fears are coming to pass”, Leslie Morphy, the chief executive of Crisis, told the Guardian.
“We face a perfect storm of economic downturn, rising joblessness and soaring demand for limited affordable housing combined with government policy to cut housing benefit plus local cuts to homelessness services.”
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