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“These figures are a devastating reminder that rough sleeping is beyond dangerous – it’s deadly, and it’s claiming more and more lives each year. Those sleeping on our streets are exposed to everything from sub-zero temperatures, to violence and abuse, and fatal illnesses."
Today, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced that Crisis will be one of seven charities personally chosen by the couple to benefit from donations in lieu of wedding gifts for their upcoming nuptials.
Today’s announcement of funding for new Rough Sleeping teams is a step in the right direction, but without further detail of an equally ambitious offer of a home and tailored support for every rough sleeper across the country, it falls short of what’s required to truly end rough sleeping.
Today the government releases its statutory homelessness statistics showing that there are 78,930 households living in temporary accommodation across England, a 4% rise since last year and a massive 49% rise in the last five years.
Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive at Crisis, said: “While it’s good to see that in certain areas of London the number of rough sleepers is going down, no one should be forced to sleep on the streets, let alone 2630, especially when we know how rough sleeping can be ended.
“Fining or in any way criminalising people simply because they are homeless is wrong. We understand that councils have to strike a balance between the concerns of local residents and the needs of rough sleepers, and where there’s genuine antisocial activity, it’s only right that they should intervene. Yet people deserve better than to be treated as criminals simply because they have nowhere to live.