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Jack Dromey MP, Labour's Shadow Housing Minister, responding to today’s rough sleeping figures, said:

“These concerning figures show that on David Cameron’s watch more people are sleeping rough on our streets. In the past year, there has been a six per cent increase in rough sleeping and a 31 per cent increase since 2010.

“In Opposition, the Prime Minister said homelessness and rough sleeping were a disgrace. But warm words in opposition are cold comfort to those sleeping rough if you fail to act when in Government. 

“The country is facing the biggest housing crisis in a generation but the Government’s policies are making it worse not better. The Government was warned its policies risked increasing homelessness and rough sleeping but these warnings fell on deaf ears. What we are seeing now are the consequences of this Government’s failure, homeless people huddled in shop doorways and sleeping on freezing winter streets.”


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