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Surge in rough sleepers prompts call for more action to tackle crisis

Call for action also prompted by record number of families living in overcrowded homes across England

  • Patrick Butler and Robert Booth
  • The Guardian

Campaigners have called for renewed action to tackle Britain’s housing crisis after official figures indicated a surge in rough sleeping in England’s cities, coupled with record number of families living in overcrowded homes.

Charities said welfare cuts, soaring rents and shortages of affordable homes were behind steep rises in street sleeping in London, Birmingham, and Manchester.

There were 1,283 rough sleepers in the capital alone, a 13% increase, according to official figures

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