Rough sleeping at all time low

    The number of people sleeping rough in England has fallen to the
    lowest ever level with a 75 per cent reduction since 1998,
    according to the latest statistics, writes Clare
    Jerrom.

    Annual rough sleeping figures for 2005 shows there were 1,850
    people sleeping on the streets in 1998 and this has been reduced to
    459 this year.

    Housing minister Yvette Cooper said: “Rough sleeping is at
    an all time low, and we have ended the scandal of families with
    children living for long periods in bed and breakfast
    hotels.”

    “We are also seeing the number of people becoming homeless
    falling significantly, showing that prevention is making a real
    difference to more and more people,” she added.

    However the minister warned that more still needed to be done,
    especially in reducing the number of people living in temporary
    accommodation.

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