Number of rough sleepers up by 134% ...

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General Article icon Type: General Article Tories accused of “light touch” approach to tackling homelessness

Government condemned for failing to tackle crisis as figures show 73 per cent more children are homeless than in 2010.

By May Bulman

The number of rough sleepers in the UK has soared by 134 per cent since the Tories took power, new figures show, prompting accusations from the Government spending watchdog that ministers have failed to tackle the problem.

A damning report by the National Audit Office (NAO) revealed that there had been a 60 per cent rise in households in temporary accommodation over the last six years, affecting 120,540 children – 73 per cent more youngsters than were made homeless in March 2011. 


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