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More than 170,000 families and individuals across Britain are experiencing the worst forms of homelessness, according to new figures released today. This includes people sleeping on our streets, sofa-surfing with strangers, living in hostels, and stuck in other dangerous situations.
"These statistics are a harrowing reminder of how deadly life on the streets can be. As we get closer to Christmas and temperatures are dropping, rough sleepers are facing exposure to dangerous conditions, above and beyond the violence and abuse often experienced when living on the streets."
More than 24,000 people in Britain will spend Christmas sleeping rough, on public transport, or in tents – far more than there were five years ago, according to new figures released today.
Today the Scottish Government published their Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan. This was formulated in response to the 70 recommendations made by the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) and places Scotland as a world leader in the drive to end homelessness.
Crisis Chief Executive Jon Sparkes said: “This appalling spike in the number of people forced to sleep rough in London is a disaster for every single person experiencing life on the streets. Across the capital, local authorities are struggling with increasing numbers of people new to the streets, which is why the root causes of the problem must be tackled.
In today's Budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced measures around Universal Credit and it's implementation. In response, Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis said: “Today’s Budget was a missed opportunity to announce simple measures that would help prevent people from becoming homeless.