Rough sleeper scandal slammed

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THE GOVERNMENT’S record on housing and rough sleeping has been slammed by Makerfield’s MP after figures showed an enormous regional rise.

The latest figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government show that rough sleeping in the North West has risen by a “shocking” 49 per cent and the Tories have an equally poor record on statutory homelessness which is up by almost a third since they came to power in 2010, MP Yvonne Fovergue insisted.

These failures are a consequence of its “disastrous economic policies” while bidding to cut the deficit “too far and too fast” and slashing the budget for building new affordable homes by 60 per cent. They have also cut local council budgets by 28 per cent nationally, putting real strain on many rough sleeping support programmes across the country.

Ms Fovargue said: “It is an absolute tragedy that in the weeks before Christmas so many people will be sleeping rough. But it is no accident; they are paying the price for David Cameron’s failed economic and housing policies. House building is down, homelessness is up, we have a mortgage market where people can’t get mortgages and rents are unaffordable for too many in the private sector.”