General Article What should you do if you see a homeless person?

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Homelessness has become a clearly visible issue on Britain’s streets in recent years and as temperatures drop over Christmas it can be a perilous time to be on the street.

So that means it is also the time when you can make the most difference.

There may be fewer people on the street generally this Christmas due to the impact of Covid-19 but for many people experiencing homelessness who are not able to access support, the streets will still be a place to stay.

Official figures showed 2,688 people were estimated to be sleeping rough on a single night in autumn 2020, according to England’s official count.

And the figure is also 52 per cent higher than in 2010 when the current counting system began and the Conservatives came into power.

The stats put in perspective the challenge that the current Westminster government is facing to reach its target of ending rough sleeping by 2024.

Devolved countries Scotland and Wales are also working to eradicate rough sleeping – the most visible form...

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