Brexit may be consuming almost all the government’s bandwidth, but there is one domestic policy area, at least, where politicians of all parties and at all levels seem suddenly, and perhaps unexpectedly, determined to get things done: the increasingly visible problem of homelessness, and in particular, rough sleeping. After years in the policy wilderness, not only the UK government but the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, not to mention elected mayors in London, Manchester and the West Midlands, seem almost to be trying to outdo each other to urgently address the growing numbers of people sleeping rough, trapped in temporary accommodation, or at risk of losing the roof over their head. “Pretty much everywhere you look there are politicians preparing plans to tackle and ultimately end homelessness,” says Jon Sparkes, the chief executive of homelessness charity Crisis. “When I came into the sector – only four years ago – nobody said the phrase ‘ending homelessness’: they talked about tackling it or whatever, but no one used that phrase. People are actually talking about ending homelessness like it’s a thing.” Not before time, you might think. Official statistics show homelessness of all kinds has been on the up… Read full this story
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