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Old 08-11-2017, 08:32 PM   #293
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300,000 people in Britain are now homeless, study reveals
Warning of growing crisis comes amid 13 per cent rise in the last year alone

Ben Kentish
21 hours ago

More than 300,000 people – equivalent to a city the size of Newcastle – are now sleeping rough in Britain after the number of people losing their home soared in the last year, a report has revealed.

The study, by housing charity Shelter, found that 307,000, or one in every 200, people are now homeless.

Although the figure has risen by 13,000 in the last year alone, Shelter said the partial nature of government data means the real number of homeless people is likely to be even higher.

Government welfare changes, including the introduction of Universal Credit and cuts to housing benefit, are partly to blame for the crisis, the charity said.
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